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First light at the famous archaeological site Sigiriya, this place is a unique witness to the civilization of Ceylon during the years of the reign of Kassapa I. <br />
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At sunrise Mahuts take their Elephants for a bath to the nearby stream or lake traveling past the majestic Sigiriya Rock shrouded in the morning clouds.<br />
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Sigiriya (Lion Rock is an ancient palace located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high.<br />
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The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak. The 'Lion's Rock', which dominates the jungle from all sides showcases also a series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster.<br />
Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site.