The land around Sigiriya are very flat and fertile. I found this part of Sri Lanka very green, and with the presence of a lot of water, so it is notreally surprising that the kings decided to install thier capital there. The capital was built on a giant rock that dominates the area. You can tell the beauty of the scenery as you go up in the direction of the ruins of the city. There are several lakes around the city, and in one of them we saw an elephant, who was bathing quietly. There are less than 2000 wild elephants in Sri Lanka, so it is not something you see often. It must be very nice to be able to organize a few days exploring with a guide here, but we did not get the opportunity.