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  • Sigiriya

    Discover the Past
    Sigiriya

    Sigiriya (Lion's rock) is an ancient rock fortress and castle/palace ruin situated in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. It is a popular tourist destination, also known for its ancient paintings (frescos), very similar to those in the Ajanta Caves of India. The Sigiraya was built during the reign of King Kassapa I (AD 477 – 495), and it is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

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  • Kandy

    Ancient Cities
    Kandy

    Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. ( 115kM from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level). Famous for the

    Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island.

    Kandy Perahera, the pageant of the temple of tooth where Buddha’s tooth is kept is held either in July or August each year to parade the golden caskets is a must see itenary if one is visiting Sri Lanka during these months. The final night procession is the most spectacular event of the country. More than 50 elephants parade the city accompanied by the drummers, dancers and chieftains.

    the city established in the 15th century was the last royal capital where 2500 years of royal rule ended. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity has plenty of iteneries to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handy crafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy is a good transit point to the cultural triangle to the north or hill country to the south. The city is also a good source of souvenirs or to experience many cultural performances at it’s various hotels in the city.

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  • Dambulla

    Ancient Cities

    Dambulla

    Dambulla Golden Temple and Cave Temple are two engrossing cultural historical sites in one place. For the serious culture junkies, they offer hours of exploration. Your first sight of Dambulla will be the giant gold Buddha sitting on the roof of the Golden Temple. Built in 2001 it is said to be the largest o f its kind in the world.

    Aside from this eye-catching, if slightly tacky, recent addition, the ancient caves reward immediately those who’ve endured a steep climb up to them with a fine panorama of surrounding jungle, tanks and Sigiriya Rock, 19km away. The caves at first came into use as a refuge for King Valagambahu in 1st century BC. Concealed by the local monks, upon returning from exile to his throne at Anuradhapura, he had the magnificent cave temple built for them. There are five main caves, created by a cliff overhang, fronted by an assortment of monastic buildings surrounding a ceremonial courtyard. Each cave is spectacularly painted and different from the next.

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  • Anuradapura

    Kingdoms
    Anuradapura

    Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km²). Anuradhapura is also significant in Hindu legends as the fabled capital of the Asura King Ravana in the Ramayana.

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