Ancient heritage of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small but very beautiful island with a rich and ancient history and culture. It is full of the most amazing places to visit and in recognition of the wondrous beauty of these sites have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Anuradhapura

The sacred city of Anuradhapura, now a picturesque ruin was once a major center of Sri Lankan civilization. Being one of the ancient capitals and earliest civilizations in Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins, It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries and lies on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya.

Abandoned after an invasion in 993AD, hidden away in the dense jungle with its mysteries for many years, the splendid site with its palaces, monasteries including huge bell-shaped stupas built in small sun dried bricks, temples, sculptures, monuments, and ancient drinking water reservoirs, is now unveiled to the world.

P.s. The ancient holy site of Mihinthale is about 12km away and in the neighborhood for a one day trip.

Anuradhapura

The sacred city of Anuradhapura, now a picturesque ruin was once a major center of Sri Lankan civilization. Being one of the ancient capitals and earliest civilizations in Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins, It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries and lies on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya.

Abandoned after an invasion in 993AD, hidden away in the dense jungle with its mysteries for many years, the splendid site with its palaces, monasteries including huge bell-shaped stupas built in small sun dried bricks, temples, sculptures, monuments, and ancient drinking water reservoirs, is now unveiled to the world.

P.s. The ancient holy site of Mihinthale is about 12km away and in the neighborhood for a one day trip.

Polonnaruwa

Remained as the second most royal ancient city in Sri Lanka, it has been declared a World Heritage Site.

The historic evidence runs to the 12th century with Brahmin monuments built under the foreign reign of Cholas and the  ruins of the fabulous garden city. It was a flourishing commercial and religious center having free- marketers from all around the world bargain for rare goods as Elephant tusks and Pearls and devotees prayed at every one if its diverse temples. The glorious days are emphasized by the archeological treasures which also gave an idea about a heyday in the city. Even the comparatively preserved ruins of the well designed market along with many other relics are a delight to explore as they scream a developed civilization.

Close to elephant-packed Minneriya National Park and the pleasant base for a day wrapped in the breeze of the enormous yet beautiful “Parakrama Samudraya” tank provides a relaxing aura.

Polonnaruwa

Remained as the second most royal ancient city in Sri Lanka, it has been declared a World Heritage Site.

The historic evidence runs to the 12th century with Brahmin monuments built under the foreign reign of Cholas and the  ruins of the fabulous garden city. It was a flourishing commercial and religious center having free- marketers from all around the world bargain for rare goods as Elephant tusks and Pearls and devotees prayed at every one if its diverse temples. The glorious days are emphasized by the archeological treasures which also gave an idea about a heyday in the city. Even the comparatively preserved ruins of the well designed market along with many other relics are a delight to explore as they scream a developed civilization.

Close to elephant-packed Minneriya National Park and the pleasant base for a day wrapped in the breeze of the enormous yet beautiful “Parakrama Samudraya” tank provides a relaxing aura.

Sigiriya

Also known as Sinhagiri or Lion rock, is an ancient rock fortress prevailed over a gigantic column of rocks nearly 200m high. A palace so exquisitely built and sculpted a lion out of the massive rock as well as the opulent lower gardens, moats and ramparts that protects the palace enhancing its identity as a fortress while the hydraulic systems and geometrical forms elevate the beauty of the residual 18 Frescoes and the Mirror Wall covered in verses of the visitors since 8th century.

 

Being one of the best protected examples of the ancient urban planning and the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka, it amazes the visitors with the unique tranquility between the nature and human fabrication. It is a supreme fusion of urban planning, water engineering, horticulture and arts.

Sigiriya

Also known as Sinhagiri or Lion rock, is an ancient rock fortress prevailed over a gigantic column of rocks nearly 200m high. A palace so exquisitely built and sculpted a lion out of the massive rock as well as the opulent lower gardens, moats and ramparts that protects the palace enhancing its identity as a fortress while the hydraulic systems and geometrical forms elevate the beauty of the residual 18 Frescoes and the Mirror Wall covered in verses of the visitors since 8th century.

 

Being one of the best protected examples of the ancient urban planning and the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka, it amazes the visitors with the unique tranquility between the nature and human fabrication. It is a supreme fusion of urban planning, water engineering, horticulture and arts.

Kandy

The last capital of the ancient Kings’ era of Sri Lanka that lies in the heart of hills in the plateau that crosses a territory of tropical plantation including tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city, that is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic- one of the most sacred places of worship in Buddhism. The atmosphere constantly changes with mist embracing the hills around the city’s nucleus; the beautiful lake giving a much chilly yet poised climate.

 

Battling with the proud Kandiyans for centuries, the Europeans  – the British finally built a road linking Kandy and Colombo in tough 16 years.Kandy is renowned for the great Esala Perahara, held over 10 days leading to the full moon at the end of July has enough enchantments to legitimize a vacation anytime of the year.

Kandy

The last capital of the ancient Kings’ era of Sri Lanka that lies in the heart of hills in the plateau that crosses a territory of tropical plantation including tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city, that is the home of The Temple of the Tooth Relic- one of the most sacred places of worship in Buddhism. The atmosphere constantly changes with mist embracing the hills around the city’s nucleus; the beautiful lake giving a much chilly yet poised climate.

 

Battling with the proud Kandiyans for centuries, the Europeans  – the British finally built a road linking Kandy and Colombo in tough 16 years.Kandy is renowned for the great Esala Perahara, held over 10 days leading to the full moon at the end of July has enough enchantments to legitimize a vacation anytime of the year.

Dambulla

Historically important archeological site of Dambulla Cave-Temple complex with its Prehistoric burial sites nearby radiate the significance of the city. The religious aura vibrates the area of more than 80 documented caves which shelter statues and paintings of Gauthama Buddha and his life. The rock soaring landscape gives a serene and charming scenery up from the top of the Rangiri Dambulla Viharaya (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple) located in the massive rock of Dambulla.

Attracting many visitors, the famous Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium built just in 167 days amplify the commercial attention as the town of Dambulla which is a major junction intersecting Colombo and Kandy lifts its commercial air as the sovereign wholesale market of Sri Lanka creating a perfect blend of modern and ancient architecture.

Dambulla

Historically important archeological site of Dambulla Cave-Temple complex with its Prehistoric burial sites nearby radiate the significance of the city. The religious aura vibrates the area of more than 80 documented caves which shelter statues and paintings of Gauthama Buddha and his life. The rock soaring landscape gives a serene and charming scenery up from the top of the Rangiri Dambulla Viharaya (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple) located in the massive rock of Dambulla.

 

Attracting many visitors, the famous Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium built just in 167 days amplify the commercial attention as the town of Dambulla which is a major junction intersecting Colombo and Kandy lifts its commercial air as the sovereign wholesale market of Sri Lanka creating a perfect blend of modern and ancient architecture.

Galle

Another prime city of Sri Lanka with a history that dates back to 14th century in the records of Ibn Batuta as the main natural port on the island. In both Portuguese and Dutch colonial periods Galle advanced as a fortified city in the South and Southeast Asia being a epitome of their architecture. The Galle fort is now a World Heritage Site and is the largest remaining piece of history in Asia built by Europeans. Also as the home base of Cricket, Galle International Stadium is renowned as the most eloquent Cricket ground in the world highlights the harmony between different cultures gleaming via St. Mary’s Cathedral to one of the main Shiva temples on the island.

With its influential native features of Rumassala in Unawatuna- a beach fringed by a jungle is alluring and brings out the savoring atmosphere of both foreign and local boutiques and hotels.

Galle

Another prime city of Sri Lanka with a history that dates back to 14th century in the records of Ibn Batuta as the main natural port on the island. In both Portuguese and Dutch colonial periods Galle advanced as a fortified city in the South and Southeast Asia being a epitome of their architecture. The Galle fort is now a World Heritage Site and is the largest remaining piece of history in Asia built by Europeans. Also as the home base of Cricket, Galle International Stadium is renowned as the most eloquent Cricket ground in the world highlights the harmony between different cultures gleaming via St. Mary’s Cathedral to one of the main Shiva temples on the island.

With its influential native features of Rumassala in Unawatuna- a beach fringed by a jungle is alluring and brings out the savoring atmosphere of both foreign and local boutiques and hotels.

Central Highlands

An excellent hotspot rising 2500m above sea level is a home to a bizarre range of flora and fauna encircling numerous endangered species. The property is recognized as a World Heritage Site adding up  the Peak Wilderness Area, Horton Plains National Park and  the Knuckles conservation forest. The smooth weather and the enticing scenario of mountains, waterfalls and vegetation add color to this lavish hill country. There’s no better hope to admire nature than trekking through the diaphanous landscapes and countryside in the Central Highlands. The area is popular for hiking along the mountain trails direct beside rivers, past flowing waterfalls and exploring the dense shrubs and herbage covering the remaining part of the rain forests of Sri Lanka. From Adam’s peak via Horton’s steep cliffs to Nuwara Eliya, the journey will leave a everlasting impression in everyone’s mind

Central Highlands

An excellent hotspot rising 2500m above sea level is a home to a bizarre range of flora and fauna encircling numerous endangered species. The property is recognized as a World Heritage Site adding up  the Peak Wilderness Area, Horton Plains National Park and  the Knuckles conservation forest. The smooth weather and the enticing scenario of mountains, waterfalls and vegetation add color to this lavish hill country. There’s no better hope to admire nature than trekking through the diaphanous landscapes and countryside in the Central Highlands. The area is popular for hiking along the mountain trails direct beside rivers, past flowing waterfalls and exploring the dense shrubs and herbage covering the remaining part of the rain forests of Sri Lanka. From Adam’s peak via Horton’s steep cliffs to Nuwara Eliya, the journey will leave a everlasting impression in everyone’s mind