Some 150 kilometers West from Villa Arcadia, a massive, 200 meters high and perhaps 300 meters long magma rock juts out from the green tropical forest.
Some 1 500 years ago, the king Kashyapa built a palace on the top and around the rock. Impressive terraced, water, cave and boulder gardens surrounding the palace are among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world.
An engineering marvel, water was piped through bamboo pipes from the pools at the base of the rock, all the way up to the upper palace.
The western wall of Sigiriya was almost entirely covered by frescoes. Eighteen frescoes of sublime beauty and extraordinary colors depicting nude females, considered to be either the portraits of Kasyapa’s wives and concubines or priestess performing religious rituals, have survived to this day.
Today, visitors can walk through the gardens, climb 1 200 steps all the way to the top of the magma rock, admire the frescoes and ruins of the upper palace, and enjoy the 360 degrees view of the green jungle ocean around.