Exploring Around Sigiriya

With a bike or scooter you can explore several spots around Sigiriya.

One place not to miss is Pidurangula rock, the temples of which actually predate Sigiriya. If you explore the dirt roads north then west of here you'll find several water tanks that offer lovely reflected views of both rocks.

One good longer bike or scooter ride follows back roads for 25km to Dambulla via the Kandalama Wewa reservoir.

En route you can stop at the Dakinigiriya Vihara, 2.5km off the main road down a dirt track past the Paradise Resort. Trails take you past a stupa, the standing monolithic stones of a prayer hall, several rock inscriptions and caves, a small tank and many fabulous trees. It'll likely be only you and the monkeys here.