About Sigiriya

Sigiriya is located at a distance of 169 from Colombo.

Reaching Sigiriya
Sigiriya can be reached by main motor roads from Colombo though not connected by a railway line.

Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel
Sigiriya Lion Rock Citadel, a orld Heritage Site is the main tourist attraction at Sigiriya. Apart from the fortress, Sigiriya complex also consists of one of the best-preserved and most magnificent examples of ancient urban planning in South Asia.

The rainwater reservoir at Sigiriya
The ancient tank reservoir called Thalkotuwa Wewa (Sinhala Thalkotuwa rainwater reservoir) is located bordering immediately south of the complex of Sigiriya rock fortress. The tank is a major source of irrigation at the village of Sigiriya.

Sigiriya handicraft village
Sigiriya handicraft village located at Kimbissa on the Sigiriya-Dambulla Rd is established under Ministry of Rural Economy. The sales are done by the craftsmen themselves. Among the traditional handicrafts available for sale are Pottery, leather products, silverware, brassware, and products made of coconut shells.

About Matale District

Matale is a town in the hill country of Sri Lanka. The Knuckles Mountain Range is a special landmark of Matale.The Matale administrative district also contains the historic Sigiriya rock castle, Aluvihare Temple and Dambulla Cave Temple . Surrounding the town are the Knuckles foothills called Wiltshire. It is a mainly agricultural area, where tea, rubber, vegetable and spice cultivation dominate.

The Aluvihare Temple, on the North side of the town, is the historic location where the Pali Canon was first written down completely in text on ola (palm) leaves. Situated near Aluvihare are numerous monastery caves, some of which exhibit fine frescoes.

About Central Provincce

The Central Province of Sri Lanka consists primarily of mountainous terrain. The province has an area of 5,674 km², and a population of 2,421,148. Some major towns include Kandy, Gampola (24,730), Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela. The population is a mixture of Sinhalese, Tamil and the Moors.

Both the hill capital Kandy and the city of Nuwara Eliya are located within the Central Province as well as Sri Pada. The province produces much of the famous Ceylon tea, planted by the British in the 1860s after a devastating disease killed all the coffee plantations in the province. Central Province attracts many tourists, with hill station towns such as Kandy, Gampola, Hatton and Nuwara Eliya. Temple tooth or Dalada maligawa is the main sacred place in Centrel province.

The climate is cool, and many areas about 1500 meters often have chilly nights. The western slopes are very wet, some places having almost 7000 mm of rain per year. The eastern slopes are parts of the mid-dry zone as it is receiving rain only from North-Eastern monsoon. The Temperatures range from 24°C at Kandy to just 16°C in Nuwara Eliya, which is located 1,889 m above sea level. The highest mountains in Sri Lanka are located in the Central Province. The terrain is mostly mountainous, with deep valleys cutting into it. The two main mountain regions are the central massif and the Knuckles range to the east of Kandy.

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