Being a country that boasts a rich cultural heritage, there is little wonder in the fact that Sri Lanka is home to 7 world heritage sites. Read on to know about 4 of those destinations that you should consider visiting during your time here.
Founded in the 5th century AD, Anuradhapura is one of the island’s oldest capital cities. Being home to a myriad of ruins and a multitude of religious attractions, the whole city has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Upon visiting the city’s historical sites, one would indeed be transported back in time when these lands were ruled by great kings.
Unofficially known as the eighth wonder of the world by locals and well-acclaimed historians, Sigiriya was a rock fortress built by King Kashyapa. The fortress’s expansive complex and its irrigation system are regarded as one of the worlds oldest man-made systems of the ancient world. The fortress is also home to timeless works of art that includes frescoes and intricate sculptures.
The city of Kandy stood its ground as the last kingdom of ancient Sri Lanka before it fell into the hands of the British colonizers. The city is also home to the temple which houses the sacred tooth relic of lord Buddha. Due to its cultural and historic significance, the city has been regarded by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Singharaja Rain forest
Being the largest forest reserve on the island, Singaraja is the last remaining patch of virgin forestland in Sri Lanka. The forest is composed of a thick canopy formed by trees and plants and It is home to a plethora of endemic flora and fauna. Due to its ecological significance, it has been given the title of a World Heritage Site and its also being protected by strict legislation.
You can visit the many sites that are in and around the cultural triangle by planning your stay at resort properties such as Heritance Kandalama which is a subsidiary of Heritance Hotels Sri Lanka. Also, be on the lookout for seasonal hotel offers in Sri Lanka while booking your stay at there properties.