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Kai Wah wrote a review Mar. 2020
Malaysia2,785 contributions187 helpful votes
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This is one of the archeological sites built since 2BC with ruins of monastery, etc. It is a less touristy place, hence a tranquil place for anyone who loves serenity surrounded with greens and pond view. A place where the monks did the meditation. A quick stop of 15-20 mins to enjoy the peacefulness since there is nothing much to do/ see in the vicinity.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Aman B wrote a review Dec. 2019
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One of my favourite sites in Sigiriya. Took a tuk tuk from our homestay a 15/20 min journey the final part over a bumpy road leading to a broken bridge where we parted ways from our driver. Its a few minute walk to a hut where we came across 2 locals. We were asked if we would like to be joined and shown around. We opted against this expecting a casual stroll. We got to the forgotten temple and took in the serenity amongst the ruins. One of the locals found us and started showing us around explaining the history and then our stroll became more adventurous. Although there are paths he took us off the paths showing us caves and rock structures where Buddhist monks stayed. The stroll became a bit more challenging but was definitely worth it. The serenity and peace was stunning the views amazing and we got to a point where our guide told us going any higher would become dangerous, so we came back down the black lake. I enjoyed every second of this and highly recommend it.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Trail22470484042 wrote a review Dec. 2019
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Archeological site of a 2 century BCE Buddhist settlement. Makes up for a nice peaceful and quiet 10-20 min stroll in the jungle and between the ruins. Would recommend getting a guide or local person to tell you a bit about the place. Can get there with a tuk-tuk or scouter but mind the road might be a bit muddy after heavy rains. Also, the bridge has collapsed (as of Dec 2019) so you have to walk the last 500 meters. Free entry; you can give a donation. (possibly some very cute puppies hanging around too!)
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Yohan Thilakaratne wrote a review Aug. 2019
Colombo, Sri Lanka79 contributions16 helpful votes
It's a huge vast water tank with a partly centred elevated ground. We went in dry season and there was much less water and mud. Yet it's really nice to see how things were in ancient times and how small engineering feats were done to organize the massive pond. There is a dry forest around the lake. Archeological Dept people don't allow you to walk around the pond through the dry forest due to snakes and other animals. The day we went, that person wasn't available and we unknowingly took a full walk around. We had kids of 10 and 6, and they thoroughly enjoyed it. It's about a 10min walk. The surrounding area is quite nice. There are more ruins to the right of the tank and nice to explore. Kids loved the part of having to climb rocks without any steps or support. It is also famous among young couples maybe from Rajarata Uni and the guard can be seen disciplining them of behaving bad.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Ruwan A wrote a review Aug. 2019
Piliyandala, Sri Lanka24 contributions17 helpful votes
The bridge on the entry road is broken, so you have to park at the bridge and walk about 2Km in to the jungle. Really peaceful and isolated place. A must see in the area.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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