A massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high, a beautiful sight as you wake and walk out of your lodgings, powerful and ever reminiscent of the culture and history of the land and that is why Sigiriya is one UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Built in the 5th century by King Kassapa and inhabited for 18 years, this rocky royal citadel is a true wonder and testament to the skills of that era in Sri Lanka. Ringed with a moat and a rampart, the lion rock’s entrance made of lion paws beckons you to discover and climb the 200 metres of rock that juts out from the foliage. The ‘Ladies of Sigiriya’ await you in the midst of the journey to the top to the famous frescoes that have been preserved for centuries. Find the beauty of Sigiriya within your imagination, as you see what was from the remains left behind. The whole face of the hill appears to have been a gigantic picture gallery perhaps the largest picture gallery in the world. The paintings consist of beautiful ladies of about 500 or more. More frescoes can be seen elsewhere in a location called the "Cobra Hood Cave".