Sigiriya: Piidurangala Temple rock

Monday February 3, 2014, 8 km (5 miles) – Total so far: 1,596 km (992 miles)

Today we did a little trip to the “little brother” of the famous rock of Sigirya.The visit of the small neighbour rock Pidurangala is really worth the 300 Rupies entrance fee.
It´s situated in a dense jungle vegetation and climbing up gets a little bit -let´s say tricky- on the last few meters. The climb starts from the small Pidurangala temple with steep steps and leeds through forest like vegetation in small paths and steps up until you reach a big reclining buddha.

From there it´s not easy to find a way leading to the top-there´s not really a path, you have to climb right on and through the rocks. I had to remember that documentary film, where a guy had to cut his own arm to get out of a crevice into which he had fallen. Somehow the huge rocks reminded me of that scenes and I climbed while thinking “don´t fall down now”…..

But we made it to the top and the fantastic views let you forget these thoughts. (Probably there is an easier option to get to the top, because we saw a lot of people going up, and I don´t think they all were climbing the rocks- we just didn´t find this way)
When we descended it was almost getting dark and as we didn´t want to meet the elephants around here, we pedaled a little bit faster….

Visit of a stick insect
Visit of a stick insect
Always around: monkeys
Always around: monkeys
Way to Pidurangala
Way to Pidurangala
Pidurangala temple
Pidurangala temple
Climbing up the temple rock
Climbing up the temple rock
It is steep
It is steep
Still climbing
Still climbing
Almost on the top: Reclining buddha
Almost on the top: Reclining buddha
View from above to the famous "Sigiriyan rock"
View from above to the famous „Sigiriyan rock“

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