Pidurangala Rock is a secret treasure now gradually gaining notoriety gratitude to the cult of getting Instagram influencers who have sealed the site’s future as one of the most spectacular places in the region. Still, Pidurangala Rock also plans to appeal to its exciting story. This is intimately attached to the Lion Rock, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, and the king who made it his royal residence.
The inscription has it that after King Kashyapa (477 to 495 AD) assumed the authority by performing patricide, he feared punishment by his brother, the lawful heir. He thus scouted for a protected place to build his castle. The king has relocated the Buddhist monks holding the cave complex at Sigiriya Rock to a unique monastery in Pidurangala identified as “Uppalavanna Kashyapa Girri Viharaya”, made under his assistance. Another common belief is that the site was home to monks querying retirement even ere King Kashyapa. Its historical significance melted and flowed since the first and second centuries BC.
You can rest assured that the magnificent eyeful of the rock fortress flanked by a rolling lake and land prospects are sure to make you forget the critical climb and how motivated you were to turn back midway!