Hike the Summit of Pidurangala
Set in close proximity to the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Pidarungula Rock provides an incredible alternative and an additional experience of the views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and this rock too dates back to the 6th Century AD, just like Sigiriya. The base of the rock has a temple and this rock is also believed to have been used as a place of worship and a hideout for Sri Lanka’s ancient King Kassapa, who at the time was exiled by ambitious brothers, who eventually killed him. There is also an ancient inscription here, carved into the rock. The visit to the summit of Pidarungula rock involves climbing a series of steps, sometimes through jungle and around the edges of the rock. The hike usually takes about 30 minutes one way, and towards the summit it gets harder as visitors are required to climb over large boulders.