With a history that dates back over 2000 years Sri Lanka has a culture that is seeped with heritage that helped mold the country into the place of wonder that it is. This tiny island can lay claim to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are well preserved and proudly display the achievement of ancient Sri Lanka…
ANNURADHAPURA – Here was first capital of ancient Sri Lanka where Buddhism and civilization started with history of over 2500 years. There are ruins of over 2300 years old and the Sacred Bodhi Tree. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
POLONNARUWA – The medieval capital of ancient Sri Lanka. There are ruins of over 800 years old and where one can see the most beautiful Buddha statues. There are also ruins of Hindu Temples and the largest man made lake. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
DAMBULLA – Famous for its Rock Cave Temple which dates back to the 1st century BC. There are 150 Buddha statues in five caves and the oldest dates back to the 1st century BC. This temple has the largest cave ceiling paintings in the world. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
SIGIRIYA – Magnificent 5th century Rock Fortress rising 200 meters above ground level, famous for its Water Gardens, Fountain Gardens and the heavenly maidens (frescoes). A must see place for any visitor. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
KANDY – The last ancient capital of Sri Lanka which fell to the British in 1815, situated among the beautiful hills. The city is famous for the most important Buddhist Temple – The Temple of the Tooth Relic. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
GALLE – Situated in the south western corner of the island, was an important port in the ancient Silk Route. The Portuguese landed here in 1505 and built a small fort which was later developed and made larger by the Dutch in the mid 1650’s and known today as the Dutch Fort. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.