Sri Lanka has a wonderfully unique past and cultural heritage that is enough to get anyone interested in a little bit of history. Here’s a guide to the island’s must-visit historical sites.
Between the 11th and 13th century, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa replaced Anuradhapura as Sri Lanka’s ancient capital. The revered city today the island’s most beautifully kept and one of its best laid out archaeological relic cities.
If you are a fan of Arthur C. Clarke, you might have already heard about Sigiriya which was the beloved author’s inspiration for ‘Yakkgala’ in his book ‘The Fountains of Paradise’. The famous rock fortress also called ‘Lion Rock’ was built by King Kasyapa who was the bastard son of King Datusena. An easy way to head to some of the island’s best spots would be to select tour operators in Sri Lanka the likes of Aitken Spence Travels, a reliable and experienced tour specialist for your journeys within the country.
The history of Anuradhapura begins as far back as the 10th Century BC; the city is believed to have been the centre of Theravada Buddhism, in the world, for centuries. Home to countless ancient ruins of long gone kingdoms, magnificent Buddhist temples, impressive stupas, and Bodhi and neem trees, bristling with barrels of Langur monkeys, the city as a whole is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The beautiful city of Kandy was the last capital of Sri Lanka’s ancient monarchy. The city today is a popular tourist destination and is known around the world for its impressive architecture, veneration of Buddhist culture and well-established traditions.
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