Culture & Heritage

Anuradhapura

  • Sri Lanka's first capital.

  • Anuradhapura served as the capital city of the country for nearly 1400 years. Here is found the largest number of ancient monuments of Sinhala Civilisation. Attractions worth seeing are The sacred Bo Tree, over 2000 years old ( The oldest historically documented tree in the world), Abayagiri Dagaba, Jethawanaramaya and famous Samadhi Buddha Statue.

  • Marvels of ancient architecture, Sculpture, Atr & Craft and Irrigation are also evidenced everywhere.

Awkana

  • Has the island's most elegant and perfect 12m high Buddha Statue, hewn from a single piece of rock.

  • Considered one of the finest rock carvings of the Buddha.
     

Polonnaruwa

  • After the decline of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa become the capital of Sri Lanka during the period of the 10th to the 12th century.

  • Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakrama) is the Largest of the man-made reservoirs.

  • The monuments of this city are the most visited places.

Adams Peak ("Sripada")

  • The giant footprint on top of this 2243m high mountain is sacred to Buddhists, Muslims, Christians and Hindus alike.

Rock Cave Temple

  • The great Buddhist rock temple is the best known for its well-preserved rock and wall paintings.

  • The monastery at Dambulla was founded by King Vattagamini Abaya (103 and 89-77 B.C.). Not just a religious centre, but also a large gallery of art, especially of paintings and sculptures.

  • Some of the frescoes are over 2000 years old.

Galle Fort

(UNESCO world heritage site)

  • The Galle Fort is the island's seventh UNESCO world heritage site.

  • Galle was the main seaport from the ancient time before Colombo port was developed. When merchants ships anchored here to trade for islands famous gems, exotic spices and other commodities.

  • Fort built by the Portuguese in 1619 and later expanded by British.

Kandy

(UNESCO world heritage site)

  • The capital of the Central Province of Sri Lanka is widely regarded as the country's religious, cultural and heritage city.

  • Established as a Royal city at the beginning of the 14th century. 

  • It was final kingdom of Sri Lanka's long line of kings when the city was ceded to the British in 1815.

Sigiriya

("The Lion Rock")

  • Sigirya one of the world's major archaeological sites, The world heritage city, a unique combination of 5th-century urban planning, architecture, engineering, hydraulics, garden design, painting, sculptures and pottery.

  • Sigiriya lion rock, the 8th wonder of the world, at 180m high, dominates the surrounding canopy offering a stunning view.

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