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About Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka World Heritage Sites

Regions: ancient-cities | south-coast
Royal and sacred cities, cliff top citadels, colonial strongholds, temple caves and virgin forests - with no fewer than seven World Heritage Sires declared and listed by UNESCO, Sri Lanka is one of Asia's richest treasure troves of both natural and man-made wonders. Six of these marvels span some 2,500 years of history - from the sacred city of Anuradhapura and the archaeological sites at Polonnaruwa to the cave temples of Dambulla, the rock palace in the sky - Sigiriya and the magnificent temples and palaces of the former royal capital of Kandy. The Dutch fortification at Galle has the added distinction of being a living World Heritage Site.

But the seventh jewel in Sri Lanka's heritage crown owes nothing to man and everything to nature: the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, a biodiversity hotspot, with its own unique eco-system consisting of protected birds, flora and fauna.

Spiritually inspiring, year after year, visitors from around the world make their personal pilgrimages to the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka - it is indeed a world of ancient wonders.

The Sacred City of Anuradhapura


5th BC - The most extensive of the Sri Lankan ancient cities. The city was said to be a model of planning - there were hostels and hospitals and a water supply was assured by the construction of reservoirs. By the middle of the third century BC the fame of the island's first capital had spread to the distant lands of the Mediterranean. Anuradhapura was to continue as the national capital for over 1300 years up to the 10th Century AD when repeated innovations by Indians and a struggle for royal succession resulted in the capital being withdrawn to Polonnaruwa. It still remains home to the sacred bo tree, the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world which was brought to Sri Lanka over 2000 years ago by the sister of Mahinda who introduced the Budda's teachings to the country. Today the monuments of Anuradhapura's heyday survive for you to visit surrounded by the solemn umbrage of trees and an ancient parkland - it is essential viewing! Learn more about Anuradhapura, click here.

The Medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa


10 AD - 140Km north-east of Kandy in the Hill Country and 104Km south east of Anuradhapura is Polonnaruwa. The second seat of rule and a medieval capital: 11-12th Century. The city in its day was fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many a shrine and sacred place. The majestic King's Council chamber, the rock cut Lotus Bath, the statue of Parakrama Bahu (one of the great kings of Sri Lanka), the rock-cut sculptures of Gal Vihare (Temple) and the Sea of Parakrama (a vast man-made reservoir) are really memorable sights. Learn more about Polonnaruwa, click here.

The Cave Temples of Dambula


1st BC - 12 miles from Sigiriya is Dambulla which is an archaeological treasure. It is a famous cave temple, 500 feet high and dating back to the 1st century BC when King Valagam Bahu, driven out of Anuradhapura, took refuge here. When he regained his throne he converted the caves into a magnificent rock temple. Later kings made further improvements to the temple, including gilding of the interior, earning the name Ran Giri (Golden Rock). With its series of spectacular caves and a painted area of cover 20,000 sq.ft. of Buddhist murals Dambulla is an amazing place - Both Dambulla and Sigiriya can be viewed on the same day. Learn more about Dambula click here.

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress


5th AD - Sigiriya is a fascinating rock fortress which was the stronghold of a fifth century king who sought refuge. It is one of Sri Lanka's major attractions. Approach the rock through the beautiful water gardens before making the 200 meter ascent to the three acre summit . Before reaching the royal palace at the summit the visitor passes a gallery of heavenly maidens painted upon the rock face and a wall of graffiti where visitors of 1000 years ago felt compelled to inscribe their impressions of the maidens in the gallery. The visitor then passes through two enormous lion paws, the remains of a gigantic brick lion before making the final approach to the summit where magnificent views of the surrounding jungle await. Learn more about Sigiriya click here.

The Royal City of Kandy


15 AD - Only 115km away from the bustle of Colombo lies the lush town of Kandy. The focus of this town is its picturesque lake set amid rolling green hills with the town itself displaying a delightful mix of old shops selling crafts and batik and antique and gemstone specialists. Adjacent to the lake is the magnificent golden roofed temple, Dalada Maligawa Temple, which houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddist relic - the sacred tooth of Budda. The temple has a constant flow of worshippers and visitors in awe of the spectacular golden architecture and energetic Kandyan drummers who signal the start and finish of the daily pujas. Learn more about Kandy click here.

The Dutch Fortification at Galle


17 AD - 115km south of Colombo the port of Galle is Sri Lanka's fourth largest town and has scarcely altered since Dutch occupation in the 1600's. Visitors can enjoy a pleasant evening stroll along the circuit of the imposing fort walls after spending a day diving, exploring interesting wreck dives around Galle. Learn more about Galle click here.

The Sinharaja Forest Reserve


Sinharaja is a great location for general wildlife enthusiasts and a must for bird watchers. Sinharaga, which translates as 'Lion King', covers an area of nearly 19,000 hectares close to the gem-mining town of Ratnapura, and consists of natural rain forest as well as introduced species, such as teak and mahogany.

This forest is considered to be one of the best birding sites in Sri Lanka with 22 out of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds having been sighted here, and large mixed flocks providing an unusual spectacle. Even the less experienced birder would hope to see 10-15 endemics during their stay, highlights include the red-faced malkoha, Sri Lanka frogmouth, spot-winged thrush and malabar trogon. It is not just birds that attract the visitors, over 60% of the country's endemic tree species are found here, along with an impressive list of butterfly, insect, amphibian and reptile species.

Due to the dense forest mammal life can be more difficult to spot, of the 40 species listed as being in the forest there is a good chance of seeing giant squirrels, mongoose, purple-faced langur, wild boar and barking deer.

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Sri Lanka Peradeniya Botanical GardensPeradeniya Botanical GardensKandyhill country
 Peradeniya Botanical Gardens is the foremost of its kind in Sri Lanka in both size and splendour. It was created by the Kandyan King for the enjoyment of the aristocracy. Today the gardens have an orchid house, spice garden, Japanese garden, picturesque lake filled with water lilies and more.
 

Sri Lanka Kandy Evening Cultural Dance ShowKandy Evening Cultural Dance ShowKandyhill country
 In the late evening be escorted to a performance of the energetic traditional Kandyan Cultural Dance show, accompanied by tumultuous drumming and climaxes with the amazing fire-walking show.
 

Sri Lanka Mihintale TourMihintale TourMihintaleancient cities
 Mihintale is a sacred mountain peak considered to be the location where Buddhism was first introduced to the island of Sri Lanka. The mountain peak is approached by a grand stairway of 1840 granite steps.
 

Sri Lanka Avukana Buddha statueAvukana Buddha statueKala Wewaancient cities
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Sri Lanka Kelaniya Buddhist Temple (Kelaniya Maha Viharaya)Kelaniya Buddhist Temple (Kelaniya Maha Viharaya)Kelaniyacapital colombo
 It is believed that the Buddha visited the temple of Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya. You’ll see a series of wall paintings in the interior that date from the mid-20th century.
 

Sri Lanka Muthurajawela MarshMuthurajawela MarshNegombocapital colombo
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Sri Lanka Negombo Fishing HarbourNegombo Fishing HarbourNegombocapital colombo
 Despite this fact Negombo has become a popular tourist destination, Negombo has still managed to maintain its traditional fishing heritage. Visit the Negombo harbour to see the fisherman who are still trying to earn their daily living through long established fishing practices.
 

Sri Lanka St Marys ChurchSt Marys ChurchNegombocapital colombo
 One of Negombo’s most important structures is St. Mary’s Church. This holy building is lavish and grand in nature, standing tall amidst other structures in the town.
 

Sri Lanka Maximus Jumbo Poo Paper ProjectMaximus Jumbo Poo Paper ProjectKandyhill country
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Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Train Journey from Colombo to KandySri Lanka Train Journey from Colombo to KandyKandyhill country
 The Colombo to Kandy train ride is a deservedly popular Sri Lanka train journey to take to get an up-close feel for Sri Lanka’s dramatic, scenic landscape, and, in just three hours, takes you from sweltering coastal lowlands to cool inland hills.
 

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Train Journey from Kandy to EllaSri Lanka Train Journey from Kandy to EllaEllahill country
 The Sri Lanka train tour from Kandy to Ella is one of the finest in Asia and maybe even one of the world’s great rail journeys. The scenic beauty you will experience on the Kandy to Ella train route via Nuwara Eliya is something you will never forget. Talk to Travel Sri Lanka about including this excursion in your holiday.
 

Sri Lanka Ella GapElla GapEllahill country
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Sri Lanka England vs Sri Lanka 5th ODIEngland vs Sri Lanka 5th ODIKandyhill country
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Sri Lanka England vs Sri Lanka 6th ODIEngland vs Sri Lanka 6th ODIKandyhill country
 England vs Sri Lanka 6th One Day International on 13 December 2014 in Kandy
 

Sri Lanka Anuradhapura Ancient City TourAnuradhapura Ancient City TourAnuradhapuraancient cities
 Anuradhapura ancient city in Sri Lanka is a magical place. Anuradhapura features some of the most ancient archaeological treasures in Sri Lanka dating back to the 4th century BC. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites that must be missed.
 

Sri Lanka Polonnaruwa Ancient City TourPolonnaruwa Ancient City TourPolonnaruwaancient cities
 Polonnaruwa ancient city remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom's first rulers. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
 

Sri Lanka Sigiriya Rock FortressSigiriya Rock FortressSigiriyaancient cities
 Sigiriya Rock Fortress is another fascinating World Heritage site dating back to the 5th century which was once a stronghold for a king who sought refuge. It remains on a 200 meter high rock with magnificent views of the surrounding jungle.
 

Sri Lanka Dambulla Cave TourDambulla Cave TourDambullaancient cities
 Dambulla Cave Temple is the best preserved cave temple complex in the country with beautiful statues and paintings.
 

Sri Lanka Royal City of Kandy TourRoyal City of Kandy TourKandyhill country
 The last capital for the ancient kings of Sri Lanka, the region of Kandy or “Maha Nuwara” in Sinhala is the second largest city in the Island after Colombo. Kandy is the Capital of the Islands Central Province and home to many lush tea plantations and the revered Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa) this temple is a holy site to Buddhists the world over and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.
 

Sri Lanka Nuwara Eliya TourNuwara Eliya TourNuwara Eliyahill country
 Nuwara Eliya is at the heart of the southern hill country, Sri Lanka’s highest town and a favourite hill station during British colonial period. Nuwara Eliya is renowned for its perennial spring-like climate, carpets of lush green tea, 18 hole golf course, Little England, Victoria Park and more.
 

Sri Lanka Uda Walawe National Park SafariUda Walawe National Park SafariUdawalawesouth coast
 The Uda Walawe National Park has around 500 wild elephants populating the area in large herds, it is an ideal place to see these majestic pachyderms in their natural surroundings.
 

Sri Lanka Yala National Park TourYala National Park TourYalasouth coast
 Yala National Park or Ruhuna National Park is the second largest and most visited national park in Sri Lanka. It is one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards.
 

Sri Lanka Minneriya National Park SafariMinneriya National Park SafariPolonnaruwaancient cities
 Dominated by the ancient Minneriya Tank, Minneriya National Park has plenty of scrub and light forest in its 8890 hectares to provide shelter for its toque macaques, sambar deer, leopards and elephants – to name a few.
 

Sri Lanka Horton PlainsHorton PlainsNuwara Eliyahill country
 Horton Plains is one of the most popular and a unique natural attraction in Sri Lanka. It is located 2000m high plateau 28km south of Nuwara Eliya and its known for its beautiful landscapes, rare plants, animal life and World’s End where the plains comes suddenly to an end.
 

Sri Lanka Adams peakAdams peakRatnapurahill country
 The 2,243 m (7,360-ft) high summit is situated in the middle of a wildlife sanctuary called Peak Wilderness. According to Buddhist history the footprint at the summit of the mountain is of Lord Buddha, left during his third visit to Sri Lanka.
 

Sri Lanka Singharaja Rain ForestSingharaja Rain ForestSinharajahill country
 Sinharaja Rain Forest’s biodiversity makes it one of Sri Lanka’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sinharaja Rain Forest is a great location for general wildlife enthusiasts and a must for bird watchers.
 

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Sri Lanka Galle FortGalle FortGallesouth coast
 Galle is famous for its Dutch Fort built in the 17th century, which is now a World Heritage Site.
 

Sri Lanka Hot Air Ballooning Sri LankaHot Air Ballooning Sri LankaDambullaancient cities
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Sri Lanka Elephant Back SafariElephant Back SafariSigiriyaancient cities
 In the afternoon take an optional Elephant Back Safari through the forests and villages of Habarana/Sigiriya.
 

Sri Lanka England vs Sri Lanka 1st TestEngland vs Sri Lanka 1st TestGallesouth coast
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Sri Lanka Rawana EllaRawana EllaEllahill country
 The spectacular 25m-high Rawana Ella waterfall cascades from an oval-shaped concave rock outcrop is known to be one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka. Its main drop is 30 feet in height and the grandest aspect of the Rawana Ella waterfall is its wild look amidst the wilderness.
 

Sri Lanka BelihuloyaBelihuloyaEllahill country
 Belihul Oya is a very picturesque little hamlet of untouched wilderness, bordering two streams - Weli Oya and Kosgam Oya. The region is famous for its biodiversity
 

Sri Lanka Wilpattu National ParkWilpattu National ParkEllahill country
 Wilpattu is one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka, spanning from the northwest coast inland towards the ancient capital of Anuradhapura. The park consists of willus (Natural lakes), dry-lowland forests, scrublands, open grasslands and the coastal belt.
 

Sri Lanka Knuckles Mountain RangeKnuckles Mountain RangeKandyhill country
 The Knuckles Mountain Range is located towards the North East of the City of Kandy and offers one of the most breathtaking climbs among the Sri Lankan hill country. The region is a paradise for all outdoor mountainous activities.
 

Sri Lanka Canoeing at Samanala WewaCanoeing at Samanala WewaBelihul Oyahill country
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Sri Lanka Trekking at BelihuloyaTrekking at BelihuloyaEllahill country
 Thanks to the untouched wilderness of Belihuloya and the two streams that surround the borders, Weli Oya and Kosgam Oya, it is a great place for trekking.
 

Sri Lanka White water rafting at KitulgalaWhite water rafting at KitulgalaKitulgalacapital colombo
 Kitulgala is one of Sri Lanka’s main rafting locations. Come and experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, covering 4 minor rapids to 5 major rapids.
 

Sri Lanka Belilena CaveBelilena CaveKitulgalahill country
 Belilena cave situated in the forests of Kitulgala is a very large cave, in which the 12,000 year old skeletal remains of the prehistoric man have been found. Trek through the forests in order to reach the cave.
 

Sri Lanka Rathnapura Gem miningRathnapura Gem miningRatnapuraancient cities
 Sri Lanka is one of the top five gem-bearing nations in the world. The long-established gem mining area in Sri Lanka is Rathnapura, also known as the City of Gems. In between rich greenery and paddy fields, you will see locals gem mining.
 

Sri Lanka Snorkeling at HikkaduwaSnorkeling at HikkaduwaHikkaduwasouth coast
 Hikkaduwa, renowned for its beach and the corals and it is a popular tourist destination. The Coral Garden here is considered to be the best out of all such coral gardens found in Asia. It is carpeted with colorful corals and populated by countless tropical fish and turtles.
 

Sri Lanka Whale and Dolphin Watching at MirissaWhale and Dolphin Watching at MirissaMirissasouth coast
 Increased sightings of dolphins and both blue whales and sperm whales off the southern coast of the island have now opened up a window of opportunity see these mammals in their natural habitats.
 

Sri Lanka Dolphin and Whale Watching at Kalpitiya areaDolphin and Whale Watching at Kalpitiya areaKalpitiyawest coast
 Kalpitiya is remarkably untouched by tourism yet despite its natural beauty. It is one of the best places to see spinner dolphins and whales. If you are lucky enough you will spot a large pod of dolphins as they glide and jump out of the water, showing off their impressive acrobatic skills.
 

Sri Lanka Kite Surfing at KalpitiyaKite Surfing at KalpitiyaKalpitiyawest coast
 Kalpitiya has become one of the hot spots for kite surfing in Sri Lankan. People from all around world come to Kalpitiya lagoon which has a 100 meter wide strip of sand separated by the Indian Ocean.
 

Sri Lanka Wilpattu National ParkWilpattu National ParkWilpattuwest coast
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Sri Lanka Train Journey to hill countryTrain Journey to hill countryEllahill country
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Sri Lanka Highlands Tea Plantation and Tea FactoryHighlands Tea Plantation and Tea FactoryNuwara Eliyahill country
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