Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress and former palace built by King Kashyapa. Also known as Lion’s Rock (due to the massive lion paws at the entrance), Sigiriya has been used and inhabited since 5th century B.C. and even before history. The extraordinary gardens leading up to the ruins alone would be worth the long backpacking trip there and the fact that its one of the World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
-coordinates: 7°57’00”N, 80°45’00”E