Distance from Sigiriya – 2.4 km (7 minutes)
Introduction to Pidurangala Rock
Pidurangala Rock is a towering rock popular as a hiking spot which is situated a few kilometers north of Sigiriya. It is a suitable destination for moderate hikes & climbs to the top of the rock and popular for panoramic views, especially of Sigiriya along with the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. There is a giant reclining Buddha statue about halfway up the rock, which is partially reconstructed out of brick. At the base of the rock is the Pidurangala Sigiri Rajamaha Viharaya which is a white temple by the road.
Hiking Pidurangala Rock
Whilst King Kashyapa was building the Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the 5th century, he moved with monks living around Sigiriya to a new monastery on the Pidurangala Rock. The hike to Pidurangala is more challenging than the Sigiriya Rock and should not be attempted by those with poor physical fitness.
The hike to Pidurangala rock should take approximately 30 to 40 minutes in total. The rock opens at 5 am and is best hiked in time to catch the sunrise or sunset. Pidurangala Rock stands at a height of approximately 200 m. Care should be taken on the way up the rock due to the existence of many loose rocks and snakes.
Getting to Pidurangala Rock
From Sigiriya head west and travel about 1.6 km. Then turn left and travel about 750 meters to reach the Pidurangala Rock.