Polonnaruwa being the second kingdom of Sri Lanka depicts the true essence of cultural heritage, as many of the finest monuments are compacted in one area. Polonnaruwa was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, due to its abundance of historic remains. As one of the best planned Archeological relic site in the country, polonnaruwa is a destitation where you can witness the unique exquisiteness of Sri Lanka.
Nestled in the hills surrounding the city, Kandy is the best place to experience the exclusivity of Sri Lankan culture. The Kandy city remarks the prestige of hill country as it is the sacred site of the Temple of Tooth Relic. The Kandy Esala Perahera (procession), held over 10 days is an element which symbolizes the significance of cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.
Kingdom of Sigiriya
Remarked as the eighth Wonder of the World, Sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. This ancient fortress has a momentous archaeological importance as it includes remnants of a ruined palace, surrounded by an extensive network of fortifications, garden and fountains. The beauty of Sigiri frescoes and the pair of colossal lion’s paws carved into the bedrock will surely leave you mesmerized.
In 247 BC, Mahinda Thero preached Dhamma to King Devanampiyatissa and established Buddhism as the Island’s state religion. Mihintale is honored as the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka where a sequence of shrines, stupas and caves are found. The great stairway that leads up to the top of Mihintale is 1000 feet long with 1840 steps and is one of the largest and most impressive flights of stairs to be seen anywhere
The first ever kingdom of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is now considered as the cradle of Buddhism which adds cultural and religious value to the city. The glory of this this splendid site with its palaces, monasteries and monuments portray the true identity of Sri Lanka.
Dambulla Maharaja Viharaya
The cave complex at Dambulla is one of the most impressive Buddhist Temples in the world. Five main caves hold the holy Buddhist shrines. The stupa was built in the 5th century AD and the caves contain precious paintings and innumerable Buddha sculptures.