My wife absolutely adores it when I incorporate a hike into our adventures abroad. Just look at her face, beaming with overwhelming joy at the start of the ascent.
To be fair her apprehension was well warranted due to the fact we didn't have the most appropriate footwear and the mountain we were climbing was peaking above the clouds.
Views on the way up showed the true extent of Sri Lanka's lush green land. I didn't take many photos on the ascent due to heavy panting/sweating/clambering up the rock, sandwiched in between large groups of tourists.
Our tour guide gave us a brief history whilst we had pit stops during the climb. The rock was claimed by King Kasyapa for a new capital around the 5th century. He built his palace on the top of the rock but decided that about halfway up he would build a gateway in the form of a pretty large lion (hence the name Lion's Rock - Sigiriya). All that's left of the lion now are it's paws and part of it's body. It is now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Not only did you have to focus on climbing the steps as they became smaller and slipperier, you had to focus on keeping quiet to avoid the unwanted attention of some nasty wasps. I did not want to end up like the stick man on the signpost.
Once we got to the top we got caught up in a bit of a rain storm. We were grateful for the cooling shower however we waited for the sun to pop back out again before getting photos at the top!