Pidurangala Rock is adjacent to Sigiriya Rock and is the best viewing spot of Sigiriya Rock as it is only slightly lower. Pidurangala is a popular spot for sunrise hikes as you can enjoy 360-degree views of not only the valleys and jungle scenery but also Sigiriya Rock.
Halfway through the hike, you will reach the Royal Cave Temple which only has a few remains left. A huge reclining Buddha lays inside the temple and is definitely worth the visit. We recommend doing this hike very early in the morning, arriving at the top of the Rock about 30 mins before official sunrise in order to get the most stunning views. At this time of day before the heat of the sun, the ascent should only take between 20 and 45 mins depending on fitness levels.