On the way to the Central province the next day..
A visit to the spice garden in Oak-Ray Isiwara Ayurvedic Village.
Then a visit to a gem factory, for Sri Lanka was known as a Gem Island.
Buffet lunch with an awesome view.
By the time we reached Sirigiya, it was already pouring. Sigiriya, or the Lion Rock, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.
We need to climb about 1,200 steps to reach the top of the rock, which seemed more challenging in the rain. There are some spiral stairs on one section that lead us to the frescoes. Over the years, only about 20 Sigiriya Frescoes remained.
A close up of the lion paws, and the stairway leading to the rock summit. The views from the rock were awesome, with one overlooking the Pidurangala hill. We reached the summit after almost an hour, and the summit is where the Palace was.
We had much fun taking photos at the summit, that by the time we descended, the sky has already turned dark.
We checked in Tishan Hotel and had our dinner at the hotel.