Sri Lanka is a beautiful island destination beautifully perched in the south of India. Sri Lanka is a unique country that blends modern day wonders and traditional charms. It is an island of lush forestry, beautiful vistas and vibrant cities. Often considered to be the jewel in Sri Lanka’s crown however is the country’s incredible collection of World Heritage Sites. Visitors to Sri Lanka can easily lose themselves for months at a time discovering and exploring the monumental remains of Sri Lanka’s ancient Buddhist culture.
World Heritage Sites across Sri Lanka include;
- Sri Dalada Maligawa
Sri Dalada Maligawa is also known as the Temple of the Tooth as it is home to the only surviving relic of Buddha: his tooth. Because of this most holy relic the outstanding temple built to house it has received the care of monks, the public and even great kings who believed the holy tooth was the key to sovereignty over Sri Lanka.
Considered by many to be the eighth wonder of the world, Sigiriya is an awe inspiring rock that rises above the surrounding jungle and is home to an equally impressive 4th century fortress. Although much of the fortress lies in ruins, what remains of the monolithic architecture, including the striking Lions Gate, has survived well enough to still give the impression that the outcrop is one giant stone creature.
Polonnaruwa was capital of medieval Sri Lanka. Long since deserted, all that remains are fabulous temples and palaces beloved of ancient Sri Lankan royalty.
- Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Designated as a biosphere reserve, the Sinharaja Forest is a stretch of mystical virgin forest. Sinharaja’s wonderful biodiversity has made it a wonderland of tropical fauna and flora and an area of international interest.
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