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Archaeology sites in Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa

The glory of mediaeval Sri Lanka is seen at Polonnaruwa, the mediaeval capital of the Island about 216 km, south east of Anuradhapura. Polonnaruwa used by the Sri Lankan kings as a 'country residence' from the 7th century became the Island's capital in the 11th century AD.

Within the ramparts of the Royal Citadel are the ruins of the King's palace, the Council Chamber and the Royal Bath. The Buddha images at the Gal Vihara or the Rock Temple are masterpieces of stone sculpture. Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama is a giant man made irrigation reservoir.Read more >

Anuradhapura, Awkana & Isurumuniya

About 205 km north of Colombo is Anuradhapura, the first capital of Sri Lanka established in the 4th century BC that remained the Royal Capital for over ten centuries. Several magnificent dagobas, buildings, monasteries, ponds, irrigation tanks spanning one thousand five hundred years bear testimony to a glorious and technically advanced civilization. Ruvanveli, Jetavana, and Abhayagiri are huge dagobas that stand majestically having withstood the battering of elements for over fifteen centuries.

Foremost among the numerous historical monuments in Anuradhapura is the Sacred Bo Tree - Sri Maha Bodhi, grown from a branch of the Bodhi tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. A mass of stone pillars close to the Sri Maha Bodhi identified as the Brazen Palace was once a nine storied building. Isurumuniya is famous for its beautiful stone carvings. Samadhi Buddha image is a masterpiece of sculpture. Among the extensive ruins covering the city of Anuradhapura are Buddha images, temples, palaces, bathing ponds, monasteries, hospitals, alms halls and beautiful stone carvings and irrigation tanks....Read more >

Sigiriya & Dambulla

Spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya is considered as the eight wonder in the world . which belongs to the 5th century A.D.Sigiriya is very famous for it's frescoes . It has part-natural part man made stepped plateau of about 1.5 hectares on it's summit .The Kings palace stand about 360 meters above the sea level and 200 meters above the surrounding plan.

Spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya is considered as the eight wonder in the world . which belongs to the 5th century A.D.Sigiriya is very famous for it's frescoes . It has part-natural part man made stepped plateau of about 1.5 hectares on it's summit .The Kings palace stand about 360 meters above the sea level and 200 meters above the surrounding plan. ....Read more >

Hill Country

Kandy, the Hill Capital was the last bastion of the Sinhala kings and is a charming city offering a living record of a magnificent past.

Centre of attraction in Kandy is the Dalada Maligawa, the temple housing the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. Kandy Lake enhances the charm of the City. Kandy is a romantic city any time of the year, but in August, this ancient capital becomes the venue of one of the most legendary festivals in Asia, the Festival of the August Moon when thousands of people from all parts of the country and from foreign countries throng to the Hill Capital to witness the magnificent spectacle....Read more >


Yala Yala Beach Dabula Cave temple Sri Dalada Maligawa Sigiriya

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