The UNESCO World Heritage Site signage (top left), the tiring climb (top centre), view along the climb (bottom left), Yiu Yiu helping mah-mah who has bad knees (right)
Luckily the little one is happy to be carried by our guide, Shakeer on the ascent and descent, otherwise it would be an even more tiring climb for me.
About two-thirds of the way up sits the Lion's Paws, all that is left of a giant brick lion which once sat here. Mum and I commenced our ascent to the top with a stairway leading between the paws into its mouth, thus deriving its name ("Lion Rock").
On the summit of the Sigiriya rock are the remains of a large palace sprawled over 1.5 hectares with several chambers, a bathing pond and a rock-cut throne.
We descended the summit at about 6pm, to be greeted by this wonderful orange ball of fire.
It was a short drive back to the hotel and we ended our day with a buffet dinner.