THE chatter on the travel circuit in Sri Lanka often involves pontification on whether or not to pay with regards to Sigiriya – a Unesco World Heritage Site and an ancient city of ruins atop a vertiginous rock with a princely price tag of US$30 for foreign visitors.
Naysayers advise visiting nearby Pidurangala Rock which has a “view” of Sigiriya for a paltry fee. A bit like saying you’ve been to Paris when you’ve really just been to its airport.
Put it in perspective. You might get a better Instagram snapshot from hiking up the opposite boulder but a visit here should be about actually experiencing this scintillating citadel that exudes mystery. Just how did they drag all that stuff up such a sheer drop?
The answer may lie more in dastardly desperation than yesteryear town planning.