Sri Lanka is such an amazing creation. The diversity you discover in this relatively small island is just astonishing. Most of the island is well known among many travellers now. But little do they know, that some of these lesser known wonders may create a lifelong memories and even be the reason for them to return back.
Pidurangala Rock is one of those lesser known wonders. Located approximately 2 Km off Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Pidurangala is easily overlooked. At Tropical Vacations, we love exploring and re exploring this magnificent island. We never get over it. Still there’s a lot in our to do list. As one of our fellow client stated, this island gets bigger as you travel.
A bit of history
Pidurangala was used by the Buddhist monks in the ancient times retreating in long term meditation. These monks used to stay at Sigiriya rock until the King Kassapa chose it as his fortress. Then the king Kassapa requested the monks who resided the Sigiriya to move to the near by Pidurangala and created a fully-fledged monastery as a compensation.
The purity of the Buddhist practices were preserved in forests monasteries like these. Hence many Buddhists hold a high regard for the Pidurangala temple.
So, we’ve planned a trip to the famous ancient cultural tri angle with the intention of climbing the Pidurangala Rock. We stayed at the Kassapa Lions Rock hotel as it is the closest to Pidurangala where you can reach within 20 mins of rather rough, winding but still a fun ride. Ideal if you travel by a jeep.
Climb before the sunrise
We left at 5am to catch the sunrise at the peak. Another reason to start your trek is that the rock is exposed directly to sun at the top with no shading so it gets heated up pretty quick. We planned to head back by 8:30.
As you trek up you will see some ruins of the retreat. Please be respectful for its value as well as for its cultural value specially if you want to take pictures.
The climb up was smooth with steps until the last bit where the track is no more and you literally do a bit of rock climbing. If you aren’t an avid trekker, then you might need a helping hand at the last bit. But you have to make it to the top, while these unspoilt charms lasts.
A one glorious view
We were at the nick of time before the sunrise. It’s all worth it!
The soft golden ray of sun falling on the Sigiriya the lions rock before us is a view to be remembered.
When we were at top there were only handful of travellers, enjoying its peace and serenity. At the top of the Pidurangala rock there is a one nicely rounded rock perched almost at the edge of it and it’s a Instagram worthy spot for many. That picture is so iconic I’ve seen many tour operators, travellers and photographers use it as one of their highlights of their photo collection.
We took plenty and some made it to our brochures too .
It’s also one of those rare locations that you get the opportunity of just sit down and absorb this centre of Sri Lanka’s culture triangle and visualise how it would have been a thousand odd years ago!
We spend nearly two hours at the peak had our snack while enjoying the breeze and all that amazing views. At the peak of Pidurangala you are almost levelled with the peak of Sigiriya.You can simply sit back watch how people are queuing up to climb the Sigiriya in far distance like a line of ants.
So as planned we started descending around 8:30am and it clearly felt it’s the best time to head back. As the path is almost fully shaded with trees, it’s a comfortable trek down.
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- You may not see a ticket counter but it is a must to purchase
The ticket. Might need to find the ticket issuing man. Costs only £1.50 / $2.00 per head.
- Start the climb at 5am but bring a torch with you and travel with a guide
Or someone who knows it well.
- A couple of hours after the sunrise it gets a bit too warm as it is a rock. So best head back around 8:30-9am.
- Last bits – climb is steep and you may need a hand to lift if you
Aren’t a good trekker.
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