Seven hotels in Sigiriya you must stay at!

Sigiriya is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka, because it is home to the Lion’s Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by an ancient King of Sri Lanka, the Sigiriya rock fortress is an easy climb, during which you can explore some beautifully engraved frescoes and paintings, and once at the top, you will see the remnants of the palace accompanied by a stunning view of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka.

Let us look at some of the best hotels in Sigiriya that you can choose to stay at during your tour in Sri Lanka. Keeping in mind the current pandemic, all hotels offer contactless online reservation and assure that they have taken all possible measures to control the spread of Covid-19. Staff are wearing protective equipment, valet parking is not allowed, sanitizers are available everywhere, and guests are greeted with the traditional ‘Ayubowan’ instead of a handshake.

Water Garden Sigiriya

Surrounded by natural ponds and streams, this exclusive luxury hotel in Sigiriya should be your choice if looking for premium standards of accommodation. A blend of nature and lavish design, along with serene surroundings is a paradise for nature lovers. 30 spaciously designed villas offer chic interiors, secret gardens and private plunge pools, topped with all the luxury amenities and a plethora of additional features. Just 6kms from the Lion’s Rock in Sigiriya, this gorgeous property is an ideal escape for those in search of a quiet and cozy getaway. The resort spa also offers relaxing treatments with organic oils and the world-renowned Balinese massages to relax your mind, body and soul.

Roo Mansala Boutique Hotel

A small, yet luxurious boutique hotel located in Sigiriya, just footsteps away from both Pidurangala and the Sigiriya rock, Roo Mansala Hotel offers one honeymoon suite, two panoramic suites and three superior rooms with mountain views, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool. Paying homage to ancient architecture of Sri Lanka, the property incorporates local heritage to provide visitors with an immersive experience.

Wild grass nature resort

Boasting eight luxurious villas spread out across 25 acres of forestry, Wild Grass Nature Resort is the ultimate location for travelers to rest, relax, and unwind. Whether you are a family travelling with children, a group of friends or couples looking for a romantic getaway, these villas are spaced adequately to make privacy a priority. Only the sounds of nature, birds chirping and the occasional visits by rabbits and monkeys will disturb you during your stay in Sigiriya. This eco-friendly boutique hotel also offers authentic Sri Lankan and western cuisine in scenic locations such as by the lake, on the rock, outside your bedroom, by the pool or in the restaurant.

Flower Garden Eco Village

Whether you are travelling alone or with family, Flower Garden Eco Village is a charming and intimate hotel surrounded by birds and greenery. If in search for budgeted accommodation close to the Lion’s Rock, this hotel is an ideal base to explore Sigiriya, and is strategically located in a comfortable neighborhood. All the rooms are airconditioned, with a double-bed, mini bar, modern toilets and amenities, and a tea/coffee making facility. Each room has a private balcony with views of the swimming pool. With a 24-hour front desk available for your assistance, the staff is always ready to accommodate to your needs. Special cuisines are prepared as per your preferences exclusively for you at the Flower Garden Eco Village.

EKHO Sigiriya

EKHO is a chain of hotels with properties in Tissamaharama, Ella, Weligama, Sigiriya, Bentota, and Polonnaruwa. EKHO Sigiriya is just 700 meters away from the ancient rock fortress, which can be easily reached by foot. This property has 20 elegantly designed rooms that showcase Sri Lankan culture, offer views of Sigiriya rock, and the Sri Lankan hospitality and service levels of staff are much appreciated by all guests, making them want to come back for more.

Sigiriya Village Hotel

Just a 10-minute drive from the Lion’s Rock, Sigiriya Village Hotel offers well-furnished village themed cottages against a stunning backdrop of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The bright and airy airconditioned rooms are featured with local fabrics, wooden furnishings, attached private bathrooms and hot water showers. Tennis courts, swimming pool and Ayurvedic massages are some of the facilities available at the hotel. The hotel also boasts an open-air restaurant where delicious breakfast buffets and international cuisines are served.

Back of Beyond

This chain of eco-friendly camping retreats has two properties that are easily accessible to the Lion’s Rock in Sigiriya. One is the Jungle Hideaway in Pidurangala, located on the edge of a lake, overlooking both Sigiriya and Pidurangala rocks. Sigiriya and Dambulla are about 20kms from this campsite that boasts six tents with bathrooms, swimming in the freshwater streams and dining under the stars.

 The other Back of Beyond property is the Wild Haven in Dehigaha Ela, Sigiriya. Amidst a 7-acre forest land, an abandoned paddy field was found, where Back of Beyond decided to offer tree top accommodation, boulder cottages and a long house for families. The rock pool of Dehigaha Ela is easily accessible from here and offers a free fish spa treatment too!

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