Sigiriya from Pidurangala Rock and further to Polonnaruwa

Pidurangala Rock, the alternative for Sigiriya

Sigiriya rock fortress is a famous in Sri Lanka. It’s often called the 8th world wonder because of the presence of an ancient palace on top of it. Visitors can still climb the steep stairs all the way to the top and see the ruins of the fortress. We didn’t visit the Sigiriya rock, or Lion Rock, itself, but did visit Pidurangala Rock. Pidurangala Rock is a rock nearby Sigiriya but without a palace or fortress. However, you get a stunning view on Sigiriya  from the top of Pidurangala Rock.

Stunning view on Sigiriya from the top of Pidurangala Rock. Sri Lanka
Stunning view on Sigiriya from the top of Pidurangala Rock.
Reclining Buddha statue halfway the climb to Pidurangala rock. Sri Lanka.
Reclining Buddha statue halfway the climb to Pidurangala rock.

Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa is the third ancient city as part of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. We already visited Kandy and Anuradhapura earlier on our journey. Now, we’ll use the bikes from our guesthouse to tour around through the ruines of Polonnaruwa. It’s also a big site just as Anuradhapura, but much easier to get around by yourself. However, while Anuradhapura is still an active place for worship where many people come with offers, Polonnaruwa is much more passive and mainly ruines.

King's Council Chamber - Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.
King’s Council Chamber
Monkey in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.
You’ll never walk alone at the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.
The Dalada Maluwa (hall of the Tooth Relic) vatadage, with moonstone and guardstones built do keep relic of the tooth of buddha before the relic was moved to Kandy. Sri Lanka.
The Dalada Maluwa (hall of the Tooth Relic) vatadage, with moonstone and guardstones built do keep relic of the tooth of buddha before the relic was moved to Kandy.
Rankoth Vehera stupa or dagoga in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Sri Lanka.
Rankoth Vehera stupa or dagoga in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa.
The Samadhi Buddha statue at the Gal Viharaya (Rock temple) of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka
The Samadhi Buddha statue at the Gal Viharaya (Rock temple)
Parinirvana (Final Extinction) buddha statue at the Gal Viharaya (Rock temple) of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka
Parinirvana (Final Extinction) buddha statue at the Gal Viharaya (Rock temple)