We climbed more than 1,000 steps to the top of the Sigiriya
Fortress - or "Lion Mountain" - Sri Lanka's equivalent of Ayers Rock.
Sight-seeing includes Sigiriya
Rock Fortress whilst staying a couple of nights on the lakeside in Habarana.
The longer, 2 week itinerary, 'Cycle Serendib' starts on the west coast, passes through the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Sigiriya
, then over the Knuckles Range to the tea growing region of the central highlands, before returning to the sea at the south coast.
In the "Rajarata", or king's domain, are the ancient cities of Anuradhpura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and Sigiriya
- all treasured antiquities of a priceless heritage over 2,500-years-old.
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The firm had been given permission to film the Sigiriya
rock fortress, as they claimed the advert was for an energy drink.
Claiming he hadn't seen a pretty girl for two months, Clancy was feeling frisky enough to climb a precarious wire and bamboo ladder to see the so-called Sigiriya
Damsels, frescoes of 500 girls who were either Kassapa's consorts or celestial nymphs.
The most fascinating Buddhist site in Sri Lanka is at Sigiriya
In between, the Pad Yatra crossed various key cities and holy sites in Sri Lanka, including Sri Pada, Kandy, Matale, Dambulla, Sigiriya
, Polannaruwa, and Anuradhapura.