Sigiriya (Lion Rock) is located in Matale District in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. The Sigiriya rock is a hardened magma plug from an extinct and long-eroded volcano. It stands high above the surrounding plain, visible for miles in all directions. The rock rests on a steep mound that rises abruptly from the flat plain surrounding it. The rock itself rises 370 m (1,214 ft) above sea level and is sheer on all sides, in many places overhanging the base. It is elliptical in plan and has a flat top that slopes gradually along the long axis of the ellipse.
On top of the rock is an ancient fortress and palace ruin, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings (frescos), which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India. The Sigiriya was built during the reign of King Kassapa I (AD 477 – 495), and it is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
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dta (70313) 2010-09-14 0:28
Hello Hemant ,
A beautiful wild landscape , and a very well balanced picture . I like the little reflection of the rock in the pond .
ifege (10353) 2010-09-14 1:08
A beautifully composed photo with the strange rock and the wetlands topped by good clouds.
bobocortis (15988) 2010-09-14 2:25
Magnificent image of distant lands.
I really like the reflection in the water and details of vegetation.
peppe59 (14551) 2010-09-14 9:54
beautiful image in this water mirror, fantastic the sky and the colors. salutes
mauro61 (52631) 2010-09-16 0:53
il POV dal basso esalta la bellezza del paesaggio con il cielo e le nuvole che si riflettono sull'acqua.
natura allo stato puro perfettamente resa dal tuo scatto,
pablominto (53744) 2010-09-22 23:58
I like the composition, where the rock formation is emphasised by the veil of clouds!
The pond also reflects the surroundings nicely, in this peaceful rural scene...
Good colours and details!
- Copyright: Hemant Buch (hemantbuch) (1649)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-08-26
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 7D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-14 0:12