Climbing Pidurangala is so amazing. As I always this Sri Lanka is a paradise for every nation. so definitely you must visit this country.
Last time we went to Sigiriya. After the journey we took a rest in our accommodation. Our room boy came to us and shared the details on our journey. Finally he told why don’t you climb Pidurangala. From the time I heard the word I had an immense curiosity to go there.
Finally on the 5th day of our journey we went to climb there.
This place is situated in Sigiriya town. It was an amazing hike. It took about 50 minutes. And they charged an entrance fee to enter the place. As our room boy said that there is a temple in the beginning, we dressed us with a top that covering our shoulders and knees.
Actually, the temple was in the beginning of the trail. But we went with an extra kit in order to face any condition. Also, they advised us to be careful because the place was more prominent for snakes. Also, the most specific thing is no plastics are allowed.
Actually it was a medium difficult hike. There was a trial to go to our destination. The trail was with some obstacles in the form of rocks and steps. The hike is relatively short, but it gets quite steep very quickly. Up until the last section of the hike, it is mostly manageable. There was a man made staircase to get into the top of Mountain.
It is taller about 200m and it is the North side of the Sigiriya. As we went there in evening, we were able to see the sunset and also the most fascinated king Kashyapa’s kingdom, Sigiriya. The meaning of the word Pidurangala is “Offered Gold Piles”.
Many locals and foreign tourists visit the place in order to feel the beauty and freedom of nature. Even though this mountain receives significantly fewer visitors than Sigiriya, I wouldn’t describe it as “off the beaten track” or a hidden gem. They limit the number of visitors who can ascend Sigiriya at once because the trail is quite narrow.
Seeing the sunrise and sunset was spatulous. The sunrise and sunset reminded us our journey to the Nothern peninsular of Sri Lanka. We set out on the trail back down before the sun completely set because we didn’t want to hike it after dark. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience that I believe everyone should add to their bucket list for Sri Lanka.
Things you need to take
Here are some necessities you shouldn’t forget for your visit to the rock in addition to the usual clothing and items you will need for your trip to Sri Lanka.
- A scarf or sarong to hide your shoulders The hike trail passes a Buddhist temple on its initial section. For this section, you must take off your shoes and cover your shoulders.
- Walking shoes that are comfortable and easy to take off and put back on. You don’t want to take too long at the first temple taking your laces off!
- A camera to record the stunning sunset!
- Sunscreen is a must because the sun in Sri Lanka is very strong, even at sunrise or sunset. Sunburn is not something you want.
Dos’ and don’ts
- As said earlier don’t take plastics.
- Be little more polite as it is a temple.
- Be concerned about your body needs as there are no toilets.
- Don’t forget to watch sun rise and sun set
Watch as the sun casts a golden glow over the nearby jungles, lakes, and villages surrounding Sigiriya and Pidurangala. At sunrise, the tranquility on top of Pidurangala is palpable; the only sounds are the chirping of birds and the clatter of village life below.
Additionally, you can always count on human indifference to ensure that the crowds will be significantly smaller than usual this early in the day as well. If you’re not a morning person, sunset is just as magical but a little busier. In the dry season, the setting sun transforms Sigiriya and the surrounding area into a golden landscape. Watch as the sky over the valley transforms into soft pastels and rich ochres.
Ways to Come
The small town of Sigiriya’s Pidurangala Rock can be reached by tuk-tuk for 500 LKR from the town’s center. The best way to get to the rock from Sigiriya is by tuk-tuk because it’s too far to walk from town and there aren’t any buses.
The other town popular for visiting this Rock from Dambulla is Dambulla. In Dambulla, there are tons of awesome things to do, including the renowned
I suggest taking a bus to Sigiriya from Dambulla, followed by a tuk-tuk. The cost of a tuk-tuk from Dambulla to Sigiriya is approximately 3000 LKR each way, making this the most affordable choice. In contrast, taking the bus will only cost you about 100 LKR each way, followed by 400 LKR for a tuk-tuk to the rock.
You can arrange a tuk-tuk from Dambulla to Pidurangala rock return for about 3,000 LKR, and they’ll even wait for you at the bottom, if you don’t mind spending a little money. Normally, they will wait for 2 hours, so be sure to arrange for more time in advance!
People frequently make the quick trip from Colombo to Sigiriya. Getting a private driver is the best option if you intend to do this.
If you only have a limited amount of time in Sri Lanka, this is your best option because other options (like the bus) are slow. Driving from Colombo to Sigiriya takes about 3 hours, and from Negombo it takes about the same amount of time.
Places To stay
Finally there are many places to stay if you are travelling here.
Though it is the time to wrap -up the beauty of the place never ends. So make sure to visit here. And if you have almost travelled, don’t forget to share your experiences.