Bucket List: Sigiriya, Sri Lanka’s Mighty Fortress; Emma Weissmann; Travel Age West


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Sri Lanka – Ancient City of Sigiriya

This UNESCO World Heritage Site caters to art lovers, history buffs and adrenaline junkies alike

It’s not often that a single attraction has the ability to capture the curiosities of art lovers, history buffs and adrenaline junkies. But at Sri Lanka’s Sigiriya, an ancient fortress and UNESCO World Heritage Site that towers more than 1,000 feet above sea level, adventurous clients are sure to get their cultural fix — and a workout to boot.

Once an ancient capital for Sri Lankan King Kashyapa nearly 1,600 years ago, Sigiriya — perhaps most easily identified by the massive, 600-foot-tall vertical granite peak at its center — has since functioned as a palace, a Buddhist monastery, a royal residence and, now, as one of the most-visited attractions in the country.

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