Saturday, June 06, 2015

Sojourn at Sigiriya Village (Sri Lanka)

I have so many backlogs on my travel posts so I'm starting with this one. My Sojourn at Sigiriya Village. Sigiriya is a town in Sri Lanka, four hours away from Colombo. And after of nearly a week in Colombo we deserved to visit this place but upon arrival I'm already missing the view of Indian Ocean, actually owned by the Sri Lankans, from my bedroom window at Taj Samudra.

It was mid afternoon when we arrived at the Village after a sumptuous lunch at Heritance Kandalama. Boy, i will never ever forget the most delicious meal I've had or the monkeys trying to get my camera instead of the grilled pork i just got from the Grilling Butler. No relation to Gerard Butler, at all!

After hopping off the bus, this is the sight that greeted us... The Sigiriya (pronounced as see-gee-ree-yah) Rock Fortress. Isn't it amazing. This is the fortress and hideout of a King who murdered his father in the far distant past. Its rich history is good enough to make a movie based from it and by tomorrow, we will be up there.

While we were waiting for our assigned room, I decided to roam around. I was attracted by the tranquility of the place. Everywhere i looked, the scenery is lush and green. I loved it here already, the atmosphere is soothing and life here seem to be unhurried. The cottage where we will be staying is surrounded by landscaped gardens.

Inside my room is a rustic setting and the bed looks so inviting. It was so quiet that i decided to turn on the TV set but the TV seem so out of place and the sound is intrusive, outside you can hear the birds chirping and from the distance other birds seems to answer that call.

I went outside the room and sit at the veranda to read. There's a little pond where the cottage is situated and as the night fall flying insects came out which I'm deathly afraid of for fear that it will get inside my ear so I stood and left the veranda. Good thing its dinner time.

The Dining Hall is located far off the cottages. The walking trail is so not scary at night time and the natural environment looks magical. The main restaurant serves buffet dinner  and the bar have alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. Most of the dishes is Sri Lankans and Indian food.

After that I had a very good sleep and  I woke up early and decided to jog around while having the camera with me. I loved the trees and the surroundings. It's too bad the camera didn't capture the
many Mariposa butterfly flying overhead. The trees' leaves is so dense and thick. And i saw a Red Robin!

And then it' time to leave for the Rock Fortress after a buffet breakfast.

There are many do's  and don'ts as we walk toward it. Like you cannot walk on this part because its sacred or only royalty could  walk there. And we could already already see lots of people going up the fortress. They are like ants  from afar and as we got closer to climb, the metal ladder looks far too far intimidating.

But we made it! (only I didn't want to post photos of our windblown appearance)

It was such a magnificent rock fortress from the sky. The wind was blowing hard. I still can't believe that once, a demigod king made this place his kingdom.Where there's a pleasure garden and only a lone lion guarding this place. He made his home here but eventually he was betrayed and murdered in this magical place.

The breathtaking painting on the walls is a testament that even then people are so creative and a lover of beauty and the arts. 

So come and visit Sigiriya Village and see the magical Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Only you can imagine Sri Lanka like this.

Note: Please respect. All the photos are mine and don't be mislead by the dates...

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