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One of the sites that I really wanted to visit when we went to Sri Lanka was Sigiyria, home of the famous cloud maiden frescoes.

Appropriately enough, this is the home of the Cloud Maidens

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The approach is innocent enough
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but then you have to climb the cliff
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don’t look down
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better still, don’t look up either because this is what you are climbing up
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so far so good, here are the cloud maidens but you haven’t reached the summit yet
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a rare photo of the two of us

you have to go down a section of rickety-looking staircase to get to the next section
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past the mirror wall
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with the rock face towering above you
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then out on to the plateau of the lions paws
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before the final ascent
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with spectacular views, albeit a bit misty, from the top
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it’s hard to imagine that people actually lived at the top and had to carry all their supplies up
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I have to say that the climb was daunting – not for the faint-hearted or the infirm and my husband declined to accompany me all the way to the top. However, I’m glad I made it.

What form did your achievement take?

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Comments on: "Daily Post: achievement in Sri Lanka" (11)

  1. Sigirya is somewhere I’d love to visit, what an achievement making that climb, I think I’m too old and wheezy. Fantastic to see the route ๐Ÿ™‚
    Oh and to see you both as well!

  2. So glad I saw this. I am headed to Sri Lanka in January. Looks too daunting for me to go too far up. ๐Ÿ™‚ I admire your endurance.

  3. This is really amazing. I didn’t know about this before. Wonderful frescoes!

  4. We’d love to see Sri Lanka ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome photos!

  5. I enjoyed your achievement ๐Ÿ™‚ well done.

  6. Wow! What a breathtaking view that must have been!

  7. Awesome! I can’t let my wife read this post because I’m sure she’ll pester me to visit this place, but I’m afraid of heights …

  8. Wonderful story with some great images! Glad you made it to the top, great achievement ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. That is an amazing hike — and worth the effort from the photos!

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