World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

image of Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress
Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress | Source:  melis/Shutterstock.com

The ancient city of Sigiriya will impress you with its unique lion, carved in a rock! Visit this special, ancient city and climb between the lion’s paw or see yourself in the Mirror Wall. Take a look in the Cobra Hood Cave, enjoy the elephant safaris or visit the craft village for a souvenir. Explore the royal gardens, ride with a bike around the city, and learn more about this fascinating country’s history and heritage in the museum. The most comfortable accommodations and a diverse list of things to do, this tourist destination surely has something for everyone.

Image of Ruins of old Sigiriya castle
ruins of old Sigiriya castle | Source:  Pavel_Klimenko/Shutterstock.com
Image of Beautiful vew from Sigiriya Lion Rock
Beautiful vew from Sigiriya Lion Rock | Source:  Arkady Zakharov/Shutterstock.com
Image of Lion's gate at Sigiriya rock in Sri Lanka
Lion’s gate at Sigiriya rock in Sri Lanka | Source: Nazar Niyazov/Dreamstime.com

Anuradhapura

Image of Thuparamaya dagoba in tAnuradhapura
Thuparamaya dagoba in tAnuradhapura | Source:  Khoroshunova Olga/Shutterstock.com

The Sacred city of Anuradhapura offers a stunning insight into the glorious pas. Built around a sapling from the tree under which Buddha reached Enlightenment, the city has become a place for pilgrimage by thousands of people. Devotees flock to the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree and Mihintale. If you’re not religiously inclined but love history, don’t miss the archeological museum, the folk museum, or any of the sacred dagobas. At the end of a long day, you can rest at local accommodations or fill your hungry bellies with local—or not-so-local—cuisine. The Sacred City of Anuradhapura is truly a piece of living history. Don’t miss a visit to this sacred town!

Image of Twin Ponds facade in Anuradhapura
“Twin Ponds were assigned between eighth and tenth century for Buddhist monks for their daily baths. | Source:  suronin/Shutterstock.com”
Image of Thuparama Dagoba in the Mahavihara Anuradhapura
Thuparama Dagoba in the Mahavihara Anuradhapura | Source:  Nuwan Liyanage/Shutterstock.com
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Anuradhapura Sri lanka | Source: Hoang Bao Nguyen/Dreamstime.com

Galle  Fort (Old Town of Galle)

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Evening in Galle Fort | Source:  eFesenko/Shutterstock.com

The Old Town of Galle is acclaimed to be the best example of a fortified town by UNESCO , which means there’s no beating the English ambiance of charming churches and little streets. But don’t worry! It’s not all fortifications and military history here. The National Maritime Museum, the Anglican church, and the charming Old Town make Galle a wonderful place to visit. Stroll along the top of the wall, dine with local—or not so local—cuisine, and rest your feet at a top-end resort. There’s no doubt that Galle has a little sprinkling of everything.

Image of Old Clock Tower At Galle Dutch Fort
Old Clock Tower At Galle Dutch Fort | Source:  Venera Pozniakova/Shutterstock.com
Image of Scenic view of sunrise Galle
Scenic view of sunrise from walls at fort Galle | Source:  Yakov Oskanov/Shutterstock.com
Image of Lighthouse area Galle fort
Lighthouse area Galle fort | Source:  Valerii Iavtushenko/Shutterstock.com

Golden Temple of Dambulla

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Entrance to Golden Temple of Dambulla | Source:  Jaromir Chalabala/Shutterstock.com

The Golden Temple of Dambulla is yet another one of the iconic wonders of Sri Lanka that you don’t want to miss! Once you’re done exploring the many Buddha and Shiva statues littered throughout the caves, come over to the museum, where local staff can teach you the historical significance of the caves. Or head over to the Arboretum. If you’re feeling adventurous, book a sunset hot air balloon ride to explore the wonders of Dambulla from a new angle. The eclectic mix of ancient history and modern amenities is a guarantee that you’ll have fun exploring during the day, and relaxing into a good meal and comfortable bed at night. History enthusiasts and young families will find many memories here in Dambulla!

City of Kandy

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Word Heritage Kandy City, Sri lanka | Source:  Nuwan Liyanage/Shutterstock.com

Kandy is one of the last royal capitals and most important cities in Sri Lanka. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth is one of the greatest attractions in this Sacred City. Loyal Buddhists come the whole world over to worship the tooth, which is kept in a golden casket in a shrine. But that’s not all, so don’t stop there! There is still Kandy Lake to stroll around, the Kandy National Museum, as well as countless temples and shrines to explore. At the end of the day, rest your weary feet at friendly hotels with in-house dining, or go out for nightlife and a coffee. No matter what you’re looking for—adventure, history, or relaxation—Kandy has it for you.

Image of View of jungle in Kandy city
View of jungle in Kandy city | Source:  Pelikh Alexey/Shutterstock.com
Image of Temple of Sacred Relic Tooth in Kandy
Temple of Sacred Relic Tooth in Kandy | Source:  eFesenko/Shutterstock.com

Polonnaruwa

Image of Polonnaruwa Ancient Vatadage
That Is An Ancient Structure Built For Hold The Tooth Relic Of The Buddha | Source:  Saman527/Shutterstock.com

If you are a lover of archeological sites and historical ruins, then the ancient city of Polonnaruwa should be on your list. The most important Buddhist Temple—the Temple of the Tooth —is only one of the many ancient structures to explore. Explore the Quadrangle and all its historical artifacts and structures, including the Royal Baths, the Tivanka Image House, and the Parakramabahu Royal Palace. If you want a break from historical sites, visit the elephants in the Minneriya wildlife safari. At the end of a long day, settle into warm hospitality and delicious local cuisine. We can’t wait to see you exploring the pride of Sri Lankan historical artifacts!

Image of Temple Lankatylaka in Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
Temple Lankatylaka in Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka | Source: Valery Shanin /Dreamstime.com
Image of Buddha in Polonnaruwa temple sri lanka
Buddha in Polonnaruwa temple sri lanka | Source: Freesurf69/Dreamstime.com
Image of Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu in Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu in Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka | Source: Olga Khoroshunova /Dreamstime.com