|Electric elevators, cable car service at Sigiriya Fortress|
Sri Lanka government has drawn attention towards installing electric elevators for the convenience of local and foreign tourists Sigiriya Fortress. Sri Lanka Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam who visited the Dambulla Cave Temple on an inspection tour saw that the murals at the temple were facing danger and instructed officials to launch a program to conserve the murals.
It is also intended to use electric motor vehicles for travel around Sigiriya to ensure an environment sans noise and air pollution.
The minister later opened the new tourist ticket issuing center at Sigiriya.
Sigiriya rock rises 200 meters above lush green jungles, and is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Asia’s oldest landscaped gardens and ponds encircle this rock fortress, and at its summit is the renegade King Kasyapa’s “palace in the sky”. Fifth century ingenuity and skill produced a luxurious royal citadel with ramparts, moats, gateways, and a well laid out city, complete with bathing pools and gardens.
On the climb up you could view the Mirror Wall, which still produces a glass-like reflection 1500 years after it was first created. Also on the way up you would see the famous Sigiriya frescoes – exquisite images of bare-breasted maidens painted on the rock face thousands of years ago. Located in the Cultural Triangle, Sigiriya is situated in the district of Matale.