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When we started Gandys we knew that we were going to face a number of challenges and there were definitely a few mountains we needed to face and climb over. We started Gandys with high aspirations on creating a brand that not only sells flip flops and clothing, but the objective of giving something back to the world. Our main target has always been to support our Orphans for Orphans foundation so we could help under privileged children that were also effected by the Tsunami. There have been set back and at times we have had our knocks in confidence but we’ve never once doubted our determination and passion we have for Gandys. Now with two children’s campus’ built and another on the way, there’s nothing to say that we can exceed further into new heights.
Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres high. Sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments in Sri Lanka. Referred to by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World. This ancient palace and fortress complex attracts thousands of tourists every year. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicles, this site was selected by King Kasyapa for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes and we can tell you now, you’ll feel like a king (or queen) witnessing the scale of it! The name of this place is derived from this structure - Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock, which coincidentally reminded us of the rock in the Lion King!
The buildings and gardens of Sigiriya show that the creators of this amazing architectural monument used unique and creative technical skills and technologies. The gardens of Sigiriya are among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world, filled with beautiful wild flowers, water gardens, and terraced cave and boulder gardens. Located in the western part of the rock, they include a complex hydraulic system, which consists of canals, lakes, dams, bridges, and trickling fountains, creating a scene of tranquility and calmness.
Sigiriya wont reveal its secrets easily, so you’ll have to climb a series of steep staircases attached to the sheer walls to reach the top. it is most definitely worth the climb because when you get to the top it’s a sight that you will never forget. Even if you hate climbing there are some interesting things to see on the way up; you’ll pass a series of quite remarkable frescoes and a pair of colossal lion’s paws carved into the bed rock.
The palace and fortress complex is recognised as one of the finest examples of ancient urban planning. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site in 1982. Sigiriya is an unmatched combination of urban planning, water engineering, horticulture and arts, making it a must-see and and something to go on your bucket list.