The Epitome of Sri Lankan Culture
With a history expanding over 2500 years, Sri Lanka is filled with sites of ancient kingdoms and other wonderful places to visit. A visit to Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa or Sigiriya would be like journeying back in time as the area is scattered with ruins of ancient palaces and temples, each with its own story to tell. Remains of many Asian and European inspired cultural landmarks can be found all over the island as reminders of the colonial era. Along with these, the natural landscape of the country tells its own story with forests and wild life sanctuaries filled with flora and fauna to cities hidden in hilltops where you can find a fresh breath of air.
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 ancient Sri Lankan civilization. It was the third capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries.
Polonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site. Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa 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.
Jaffna is the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Prior to the Sri Lankan civil war, it was Sri Lanka’s second most populated city after the commercial capital Colombo. The city is anchored by the Jaffna fort rebuilt during the Dutch colonial period.
Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.