One of the most visited attractions in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is home to the 8th wonder of the world and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With the famous Lion Rock nestled at its centre surrounded by verdant forests and rolling hills, Sigiriya is full of adventure and excitement. One of the best ways to experience all this is to go on an open-top jeep tour with a local guide!
A jeep tour of the region will take you to the very depths of Sigiriya and Habarana, allowing you to see all the hidden gems and secretive beauty the area harbours. One of the first stops you’re likely to make is the local crafter’s villages. There are several of these scattered throughout the region. The craftsmen found here are experts at a variety of trades, from blacksmithing and carpentry to brick making and pottery. These locals tend to be a friendly bunch, so don’t pass up on the chance to strike up a conversation – you might just get a closer look at how they’ve perfected their crafts.
The forests that surround Sigiriya are full of wild and exotic animals. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a few of these fascinating residents during your jeep tour. Notable species you’re likely to encounter include the endemic purple-faced leaf monkey – a curious primate that you’ll find swinging through the treetops. Shy predators like the fishing cat also call these lands home, so be on the lookout for tufts of fur poking through the thickets.
These forests are also home to the iconic Sri Lankan elephant as well! They may be relatively rare, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. What’s more, it might surprise you to know that elephants can be incredibly silent when they want to be despite their massive bulk. So, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled if you want to catch sight of one.