The greatest monastic city of the ancient world that date from the middle of the 5th century B.C. remained the proud seat of kingdom of Sri Lanka until the 11th century A.D. Today Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is replete with renovated monuments, restored edifices, preserved ruins and historical sites where the archaeological excavations are still being continued. Anuradhapura was the cradle of glorious Sinhalese Buddhist civilization. The pride of place in Anuradhapura was taken by the ancient stupas and ancient reservoirs. Towering stupas (dagobas) of stupendous domes, the marvels of ancient civil engineering, were built having taken into the account the effects of lightening on high rise constructions, among numerous other engineering factors. Among the other attractions at Anuradhapura are magnificent rock carvings of monumental richness and remarkable grace; colossal stone pillars that stand proud amidst the ruins of royal palaces, Buddhist monasteries and temples; magnificent stone cut swimming pools of sophisticated hydrology.
A unique concentration of fifth-century urban planning, architecture, gardening, engineering, hydraulic technology and art. Centered on a massive rock rising 200 meters above the surrounding plain, Sigiriya s location is one of considerable natural beauty and historical interest. An area of ancient settlement lying between the historic capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the Sigiriya plain still retains much of its forest cover, and many of its present village settlements and man-made village reservoirs date back to the first millennium B.C. In its present form, Sigiriya itself is essentially a walled-and-moated royal capital of the fifth century A.D., with a palace complex on top of the rock, elaborate pleasure gardens, extensive moats and ramparts, and the well-known paintings on the western face of the rock
Yala National Park
There are six national parks and three wildlife sanctuaries in the vicinity of Yala. The park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala harbours 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world.
Galle attracts many travelers due to its location in the Southern part of the island. Therefore, most who comes to Galle never misses to enjoy the beauty of the sea and sand. Galle Dutch Fort is among the more popular sights in Galle where it attracts those who value archaeological reserves and heritage. It is known as the oldest fort in Asia, named as a world heritage by UNESCO. Inside the fort, travelers can find other attractions such as the Dutch Museum, which contains paintings, pictures and furniture of the Dutch Reformed Church. The fort is built on small peninsula that can be easily accessed from the Galle town. It is the best place to visit during an evening as the picturesque scenery of the sunset can be witnessed at its best
Polonnaruwa consists the remnants of the glorious kingdom of the Great King Parakramabahu. The richness and the glamor of the bygone era of this kingdom is still evident. Polonnaruwa is a World Heritage Site and is situated in north central Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa is known to be the ancient capital of Sri Lanka dating back to the eleventh and the thirteenth centuries. Polonnaruwa is also widely known for the art, medieval architectural history, and the best irrigation facilities. Polonnaruwa gets the accreditation of being the best planned archaeological relic sites in Sri Lanka that stands witness to the tests of time.
Dambulla in Sri Lanka is located in Matale district in Sri Lanka. Dambulla is located 148 km north east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. Dambulla is mostly known for its Golden Dambulla rock temple – A world Heritage site as well. Dambulla in Sri Lanka is best known for its wonderful cave temple complex which dates back to the 2nd century BC. This cave complex is reckoned worldwide for its 5 caves and magnificent statues with varied scriptures. Dambulla is also known for its wood Iron Forest and the Rose Quartz Mountains.
Nuwara Eliya meaning “the city of dawn” is the town at the highest elevation (about 2000m above sea level) in Sri Lanka and its tallest peak, Piduruthalagala (2555m) could be seen from here. The city established by the British in the nineteenth century, and known as “Little England” and is a popular holiday resort for Sri Lankans & tourists due to its cool climate and quaint colonial feel with its little bungalows surrounded by hedgerows. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of the tea country and you can visit a plantation and a factory en route here and witness how the famous “Ceylon Tea” is brewed