Dakinigiriya Vihara


Hire a bike and head out to this little-visited ruined monastery. 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 there.

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Nearby Sigiriya attractions

1. Main Exit

5.28 MILES

Most people end up here after their visit to the Sigiriya rock.

2. Sigiriya Museum

5.44 MILES

This decent museum has a fine diorama of the site, providing an excellent overview and explaining Sigiriya's cultural importance beyond the obvious…

3. Cobra Hood Cave


This rocky projection down in the Boulder Garden earned its name because the overhang resembles a fully opened cobra’s hood. The plastered interior of the…

4. Main Entrance

5.51 MILES

This is where you have your ticket checked and enter the main site.

5. Water Gardens

5.52 MILES

As you walk from the Sigiriya main entrance to the rock itself you pass a series of charming symmetrical water gardens, including curved tanks, bathing…

6. Boulder Gardens

5.52 MILES

At the base of the Sgiriya rock and most easily seen after a visit to the summit, this collection of natural boulders once formed the bases of monastery…

7. Royal Gardens

5.54 MILES

The base of the Sigiriya rock is a beautifully landscaped area dotted with formal water features, terraced gardens and natural boulders that were once…

8. Clock Tower

5.55 MILES

This landmark tower marks Dambulla's central crossroads.