Elevated above the countryside, the Cave Temples at Dambulla are a series of caves dating back to the 2nd century BC. Once a refuge for Buddhist monks, over time the caves were inhabited and deserted with kings from both Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa who paid for renovations and added to the collection of artworks at various periods. There is some evidence that the caves were used as shelters in prehistoric times. The last repainting is in the Kandyan style dating back to the 17th century.
I reached Sigiriya by evening and checked into my stay which was right in the middle of the jungles - well, it justified its name, The Thick Forest.
Day 3: Sunrise hike to Pidurangala, climbing the Lion Rock of Sigiriya, and driving down to Kandy
My day started at 4'O clock in the morning, since I had decided to climb the Pidurangala Rock. Not many people know of this - thanks to a few travelers I met in Colombo, who told me about this. It isn't just to catch the great views of Sigiriya, but climbing the Pidurangala Rock completes the history of King Kasyapas’ reign, offers a chance to explore a more natural setting, visit cave temples, see what was once the largest brick reclining Buddha in the world, and experience history without the crowds.