Ancient Temples, palaces, monasteries and archeological fields
UNESCO recognized World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka famed for some of the world’s finest archaeological remains are found within the Cultural Triangle. Here are a few must visit destinations for culture buffs who which to experience first-hand some of Asia’s finest archaeological marvels.
The City of Kandy once the last royal capital of the country. The Dambulla Cave Temple, dating back to the first century BCE, the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya a majestic 5th century rock fortress rising up 200 meters (660ft). Mihintale a rocky mountain peak rising 1000 ft. (300m) in height the meeting site of Buddhist Monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa, which introduced the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Matale – An area steeped in history and home to the Aluvihara Temple where the Pali Canon was written down completely for the first time in text on Ola palm. The Sacred City of Anuradhapura – The first capital of Sri Lanka founded in the 4th Century AD. The Royal Kingdom of Polonnaruwa – Once a flourishing empire and the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms and the capital of Sri Lanka from 1017 A.D.