The rock fortress is a masterpiece created by King Kashyapa. His motive to build a palace in the rock was to never be caught by Mugalan, his brother but through his creation we today can imagine how crafty they were!! The archeologists still cannot find the mechanisms of how water must have been taken up to the very top fountains as well as how did the King get to the top and bottom so easily and fast when the staircase we take now to climb up times to nearly 30 minutes. The famous accessory of Sigiriya is the beautiful frescoes. These frescoes are painted in such a way that on a full moon day, when the moon is so bright, it falls onto the mirror wall and the reflection falls onto the clear pond at the entrance. Forming the exact reflection of the paintings on the water, that’s how King Kashyapa enjoys his gallery.

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