The Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is known as the 8th wonder of the world was built by
King Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years. In a sheltered a pocket, approached by a spiral stairway,
are the famous frescoes. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare was the site of the palace and the outer wall was built on
the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya 5th century water gardens to their former glory.