a big chunk of rock. a paranoid king. a gateway of a carved enormous feline. a mirrored wall and colored frescoes. words that i can describe sigiriya, the lion’s rock fortress.
i visited sigiriya on a rainy day and can be considered as a lucky tourist to have the rain stop for a few hours for me to reach the top of the rock and down. one of the things that fascinated me are the frescoes it has on its high walls – of colorful frescoes of half-clad women.
touching the paintings and flash photography is prohibited. they are guarded from vandals, plus most of them are slowly deteriorating and like the other ones, will be gone forever.
the true identity of the ladies on these frescoes are not known – with their globular breasts, narrow hips, adorned head dresses and jewelleries, they might have been the chosen ladies of the king – or else they can be magical fairies. 🙂
it was raining hard when i left sigiriya and had to take two separate buses going back to kandy. i took another bus from dambulla which was jampacked and i was standing almost half of the time during the ride. it wasn’t a new experience anyway, have done it numerous times when i was in college in manila.
i booked for a night stay online at a riverside hotel resort in kandy, cinnamon citadel.
it was a few minutes ride by tuktuk from the temple of the tooth to reach the citadel.
i was welcomed with a smile from the resort staff and was offered a seat and a cold drink at the lobby to fill up some information. the lady who was assisting me asked on how many days have i been staying in sri lanka – i told her a few days and somehow it has been an enjoyable visit and my overnight stay at their hotel is sort of a reward for myself.
there is a pool bar and this area became very busy at night with guests.
i wanted to bring this home, i think it’s a candle holder.
looks like an artifact.
stairs going up to their buffet-style restaurant, panorama.
the door to my room.
i have actually requested a single queen bed but was unavailable. but still, i loved the interiors.
simple but sophisticated.
wi-fi is available and free of charge.
the toilet and bath.
these lights made me feel like i was inside a studio.
another view of the room, the interiors a mix of red hues and mustard.
i noticed that i haven’t had lunch ant it was past 2 in the afternoon. called room service and ordered a tuna sandwich.
the rain stopped and i was able to go outside, my room is the one in the middle which offers a river view.
the mahaweli river.
i walked to check on the surroundings of the property.
well maintained facilities.
took a short nap and by night time went out to have dinner at one of their restaurants, café c.
restaurant offers the view of the outdoor pool.
the place looked empty, i even thought it was closed, hehe.
a waiter appeared and offered me the menu.
i ordered the kandyan style – regional glee.
the dish did not gave me a good first impression but it was delicious so . . i ate everything!
the outdoor pool illuminated with lights.
there were a lot of guests in the bar.
a part of their lobby. talk about space! those are woven fabric on the wall.
the main entrance.
cinnamon citadel kandy was awarded a certificate of excellence by tripadvisor.