Do you fancy an adventure to ancient kingdoms steeped in history and legend? Then a visit to the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka and the below UNESCO World Heritage Sites is in order.
Dating back to the fourth century BC, Anuradhapura was the island’s first ancient capital and is home to one of the key archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. Cultural Triangle tour itineraries usually include visits to attractions such as the huge Abhayagiri Dagoba, the pristine Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba and the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree.
Established in the 11th century, the city of Polonnaruwa is another magnificent site home to ancient temples, stupas and statues. Easy to visit with local tour specialists like NKAR Travel House, this site is famed for the ruins at the Quadrangle area, the stunning granite carvings at the Gal Vihara and the 54 metre Rankot Vihara Dagoba.
Sri Lanka’s iconic fifth century rock fortress, Sigiriya towers 660 feet above the landscape. Set amidst water gardens and ponds, the fortress offers a memorable ascent on which you will come across the beautiful rock frescoes of the Sigiriya maidens. Of course, the views from the summit will leave you in awe too!
Visit the Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
The origins of this sacred site go back to the first century and within these ancient caves, one will discover some amazing statues of Gautama Buddha and paintings linked to his life. At the caves, you will also find statues of deities and Sri Lankan kings which add to the site’s charm.
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