Distance from Colombo is 169 kms and on the way to Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa. Sigiriya rock was a royal citadel for nearly twenty years .This great exciting site is nearly one hectare extent. The rock fortress was build by King Kashyapha who killed his father to gain his wealth. The wonderful fortress in the shape of a lion ( the paws of which could still be seen) is a masterpiece of architecture. Sigiriya has been made famous throughout the world for the frescoes on its rock wall and advanced water system. It is regarded as a World Heritage site.