The Pidurangala has been occupied on and off by monks who lived in the caves around the site for over two thousand five hundred years. Climbing to the top of Pidurangala Rock is more strenuous than climbing Sigiriya. The climb can be divided into two stages. At the First Stage climb has very steep irregular steps leading to a landing. The second stage of the climb starts at the far end of this landing. It has no paths or stairs. You will visit a beautiful 12.5-meter-long statute of a recumbent Buddha in the first landing. At one time in the past, this statue was the largest brick statue of Buddha in the world. Once you finally reach the top of Pidurangala Rock you will be greeted by a magnificent vista like that from the top of Sigiriya.