The panorama in this post is made up of a sequence of photographs taken on a visit to the ancient Pidurangla monastery/temple a while ago.
The location is approximately in front of the reclining Buddha statue at the upper levels of the monastery complex. I have marked it on Google Earth via the Panoramio site. It is as far up the mountain as Mrs C and I got. The climb to the very top of the mountain (with its stunning views of Sigiriya) was too much for Mrs C’s fear of heights. The afternoon sun certainly didn’t provide much encouragement.
Thankfully there are better images of those views elsewhere. Due to my clumsy incompetence with film cameras the image in this post doesn’t do justice to the view.
If I had the time I’d write something longer. Even if I did it wouldn’t add much. There are plenty of write ups about Pidurangala. Zeylancia’s Pidurangala – Ancient Rock Buddhist Monastery of Sigiriya is quick easy read for those looking for an overview. The temple itself has a website: www.pidurangalatemple.org