UNESCO Sri Lanka
UNESCO Sri Lanka

Central Province, Matale District, Sri Lanka
N7 57 0 E80 45 0
Date of Inscription: 1982
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)
Ref: 202

Brief Description
The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 180m high (the ‘Lion’s Rock’, which dominates the jungle from all sides). A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site

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It's advisable to start climbing either early morning or late afternoon to avoid intense midday heat