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Right in the middle of the country lives an hidden gem in the form of a rock fortress  – Sigiriya

Also known as Sinhagiri (Lion Rock/Mountain), built by King Kashyapa is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale district near a town called Dambulla.

It is a massive granite rock dating back to 477 AD, approximately 180m (590 feet) in height.

It is considered one of South Asia’s best-preserved examples of urban planning and one of its most important archaeological sites.

However, its ingenious garden and water system at the foot of the rock are what make it a national treasure.

Why is Sigiriya region a sustainability example to be followed in Sri Lanka?

☘ Local authorities have implemented measures to preserve these resources by enforcing regulations to limit visitor numbers, promoting responsible tourism, and prohibiting harmful activities like littering and hunting.

☘ Is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the most significant historical landmarks in Sri Lanka.

☘ The authorities have encouraged the community to participate in tourism activities, which has led to the creation of employment opportunities and increased income for the local people. This has also led to a sense of ownership among the locals toward the site’s conservation.

☘ It is in place the use of renewable energy sources like solar power, rainwater harvesting, and waste management systems.

☘ Travellers are encouraged to use public transport or eco-friendly modes like bicycles or electric cars. There are also restrictions on the number of vehicles allowed near the site, which helps to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

☘ Sigiriya is surrounded by wildlife, including many endangered species like the Sri Lankan leopard and the Indian elephant. The authorities have implemented measures to protect these animals and their habitats by limiting the number of visitors allowed in certain areas and prohibiting activities like feeding or approaching wildlife.

☘ Promotes the use of locally sourced products, including food and handicrafts.