Pidurangala is a volcanic rock located in the north of Sigirigya, historically related to Sigiriya Rock.
I made the trip to Pidurangala Rock during my stay at Kumbukgaha Villa: the locals had recommended I not go alone because the route is not well posted, but I had already read the history of the place and decided to venture out alone with no guide.
The route begins in a Buddhist monastery, so you must cover your shoulders and legs.
According to history, the monastery was built when King Kashyapa came to the throne and ordered the monks of Sigiriya to build their monastery in Pidurangala so that he could build his palace in Sigiriya.
In fact, Pidurangala means something like “donation of gold for the rock” because the king paid in gold to the monks to leave Sigiriya.
I started the route at 7 in the morning wearing long pants and a sarong covering my shoulders. I was in a hurry, so I did not stop to visit the monastery. As soon as I got to the forest, I took off my sarong and continued the walk.
The whole path is protected by the shadows of the trees, which is appreciated, because in this area of Sri Lanka it is very hot!
I immediately realized that it was going to be an easy route. There are signs all along the way so it is impossible to get lost.
After ten minutes I reached the huge statue of the lying Buddha; this is one of the only areas without shade. I stopped, took a couple of photos and went on.
After a while I found an abandoned dog that accompanied me for the rest of the route. He seemed to be my guide! He was walking right in front of me, and sometimes, when I was a further from him, he would stop, look at me, wait for a couple seconds and go on…
And so we walked until reaching a few rocks where I had to climb a bit. Immediately after I found the views of Sigiriya Rock.
At that point I had two options; turn left (a few steps) and reach the end of the cliff from where you get a beautiful clear view of Sigiriya Rock or turn right and climb a rock to get the view of the photos of the two rocks in the frame I had seen on the internet.
I decided to go right. I took off my flip-flops (yes, I came here with flip-flops, haha) and started to climb. It was not easy; the rock is very smooth, so there is no places to grab, but I made it.
The views were spectacular.
After a while, I discovered that if I had turned left, I would have been able to get here without having to climb by turning behind the huge rock on the top. So now you already know you do not have to risk your life climbing the rocks.. haha
I stayed up there for a long time, exploring every corner, nourishing my eyes and my heart with the immensity of nature, meditating and taking photos.
This was my favorite route in Sigiriya. If you like nature, I recommend you climb this rock. It is 100% worth it!
Love and gratitude