Pidurangala Rock an another popular mountain in sigiriya village facing North of lions rock, which you cannot afford to miss in sigiriya, this mountain is mostly popular among backpackers & among young travelers, the prominent rock about 1 km north of sigiriya sites offer amazing view of sigiriya from its summit, it’s around 25-30 minutes hike up to the top , passing some temples & 12.5 meter reclining Buddha ,
This place has an interesting history closely related to sigiriya rock fortess , when the king kassapa start ruling from sigiriya rock , then all the monks were shifted to pidurangala rock .
Likewise Sigiriya Rock, Pidurangala rock was also formed by volcanic activity , its upper surface is steeply sloped of solid rock .
I decided to climb pidurangala rock in the evening for the sunset view, luckily an Irish girl in the hostel also wants to be there, so we decided to do it together.
We hired a tuk tuk from sigiriya bus stop cost LKR 600 for the return trip including the waiting time, although you can go there by walk it will take around 45 minutes, but hiring a Tuk-Tuk is the cheap and best option, which roughly took around 15 minutes to reach.
The climb for the top starts from the white Buddha temple , once we enter into the big white temple gate, there is a counter on the left side where we paid LKR 500 for the ticket , although I talked with the temple officials & they said this amount is a donation for the temple because their aim is to build a stupa at the top of the rock.
Your fitness, health, size really matters while climbing on the rock, Climbing pidurangala is actually bit tough as lions rock, as there are high stairs, no such clear path, you have to climb up steep boulders and creep.
The climb can be divided into two stages
- First stage : The climb has steep irregular stairs, it can be tough but reachable by reasonably fit people ( The first stage is as stairs as sigiriya rock )
- Second stage : Once you passed from the 12.5 Reclining Buddha statue, further there is no clearly defined path or stairs, But this becomes really interested, as we crossed big rocks, some small kind of cave structure as there was hardly much space to pass, once you finish that you will see the breath taking view of sigiriya rock in Forest along with sunset Right behind.
Likewise Both of us, there were hundreds of people just sitting to witness the beautiful sunset view which was amazing, Although I trekked so many mountains in India, but this one was really Different, Bring a torch for the trip down , as in the dark its really hard to reach down . As sunset view , people also visit in the early morning for the sunrise view which is equally beautiful and less crowded.
HOW TO REACH:
You would easily get the Tuk Tuk from the sigiriya main stand which is in the center of the village, Though you can also contact with the hostel or guest house so they’ll book for you in advance.
Trek for the top start from White Buddha temple, where you need to pay LKR 500 for the Entrance, which is very cheap compare to the entrance fee of lion’s rock. As that is the reason backpackers do visit this rock instead of sigiriya rock.
TOTAL TIME :
This will roughly take around 3 hours to cover everything.
WHERE TO STAY :
Sigiriya is a small village as all the hostels are mostly Family Run guesthouse, I Stayed in One more night Hostel which has got the best review in the village for 7 USD per night Included Breakfast & my experience was equally amazing as the Host ‘ DIL ’ is equally an amazing person. He himself serves local Lanka’s Delicious breakfast, Rest you can check on Booking.com for the best hostel option
SOME ADVISE BEFORE START TREKKING :
- TAKE YOUR TIME WHILE CLIMB , REST OFTEN AND DRINK LOTS OF WATER .
- PROPER FOOTWEAR IS STRONGLY ADVISABLE .
- TRY NOT TO BRING DAYPACK , KEEP SOME MONEY, MOBILE & CAMERA IS ENOUGH.
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WHAT OTHER THINGS TO DO IN SIGIRIYA VILLAGE
Another popular option in sigiriya is to trek on Sigiriya Lion Rock which is equivalent amazing and show you the best view of Lion rock from the front. .
click here to see more about Sigiriya Lion Rock