Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka

You are invited to experience the rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. Your travel in Sri Lanka will open doors to a diverse multi-ethnic culture, ranging from serene Buddhist temples to colorful Hindu worship places leaving you mesmerized of the backdrop of the past legacy of the island nation. With an illustrious history spanning over 2500 years, Sri Lanka stands tall with proud remnants of glorious historical cities such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Come discover an insight into the unique way of life of the ancient kings and queens along with cultural festivals preserved to this day.

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Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura, is the first ancient capital of Sri Lanka which lasted for the longest period as the capital in the country.It is important to locals for religion,history,and the culture and world famous for its well preserved ruins of the Great Sri Lankan Civilization.

The city now a UNESCO heritage site. Today this ancient city of Sri Lanka, which is sacred to the Buddhist world, which its surrounding monasteries covers an area of over sixteen square miles and is one of the world's major archaeological sites

Polonnaruwa

The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I.

Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the kingdom's first rulers.

Sigiriya

Sigiriya, considered by some as the eighth wonder of the world, consists of an ancient castle used by King Kasyapa of the 5th century AD.

The Sigiriya site has the remains of an upper Sky Palace sited on the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the Mirror Wall and the Sigiriya Frescoes, the lower palace that clings to the slopes below the rock, and the moats, walls and gardens that extend for some hundreds of metres out from the base of the rock.

Kandy

The Sri Dalada Maligawa or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a temple in the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It was built within the royal palace complex which houses the tooth relic of the Buddha, a tooth, which is venerated by Buddhists.

The city is a world heritage site declared by UNESCO, in part due to the temple.

Cave Temple Dambulla

Dambulla Cave temple is a world heritage site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country.

It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. This paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life.

Galle

It is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. Galle was at its peak when it was a Dutch stronghold, before the British rule began.

Sinharaja Forest

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.It was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1989.

Central Highlands

This site comprises the Peak Wilderness Protected Area, the Horton Plains National Park and the Knuckles Conservation Forest. Central Highlands was added to the list in 2010 and qualified because of its bio-diversity. The region is considered a super biodiversity hotspot.