Ancient Culture in Sri Lanka

Explore the varied historical and archeological sites of the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka. Holidays in Sri Lanka will draw you, not just to the natural beauty of the island nation, but also to be rich ancient culture giving an opportunity to witness the cultural interactions alongside the archeological sites.

As tour operators in Sri Lanka, Classy Tours provides the best options on cultural tours to witness the ancient cities of Sri Lanka adorned with ancient arts and crafts which holds glory to this date. The ancient civilization in the then, capital city of Anuradhapura , world heritage sites of Polonnaruwa and Yapahuwa stand strong with glorious Buddhist sculptures and art. Your Sri Lanka tour holidays will be worthwhile every moment with Classy Tours and we will ensure your holidays are special.


Anuradhapura is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization.The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries.

However the major attractions of Anuradhapura can be visited in a single day. Among the other tourist attractions at Anuradhapura are magnificent rock carvings of monumental richness and remarkable grace; colossal stone pillars that stand proud amidst the ruins of royal palaces, Buddhist monasteries and temples.


Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I.

The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site. Polonnaruwa is the second largest city in North Central Province, but it is known as one of the cleanest and more beautiful cities in the country. The green environment, amazing ancient constructions, Parakrama Samudra, and attractive tourist hotels and hospitable people, attract tourists.


Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, 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.

The approach to the rock is via the main western gate, which takes you through the delightful water gardens with its royal bathing pools and little islands, which acted as dry-season palaces.


Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. It's set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city's heart is scenic Kandy Lake.

Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth shrine, celebrated with the grand Esala Perahera annual procession.


Dambulla is a large city, situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka

Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life.


Yapahuwa is located a little way off the Kurunegala-Anuradhapura road, in the Wayamba province of Sri Lanka. Today it is one of the country’s most unique and important sites of historic interest containing abundant traces of ancient battlements and remnants of king Buvenekabahu’s kingdom.

Of all the ancient ruins in the country the Rock Fortress Complex of Yapahuwa is considered to be quite remarkable despite the fact that it isn't famous among most visitors.


Dambadeniya is a ruined ancient city situated in the North Western Province, Sri Lanka on the Kurunegala - Negombo road. It served as the capital of Sri Lanka in the mid 13th century. Much of Dambadeniya still lies buried on a huge fortified rock.

The pioneer King Wijayabahu-III, builds his royal palace on the rock at Dambadeniya & converted it to the capital of the country in 1233 A.D.

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