8 Sights You Have To See In Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a beautifully vibrant and colourful country with a strong heritage and traceable history that spans thousands of years. Each year, new archaeological discoveries are being made in Sri Lanka, quickly transforming this country into a historical goldmine as one of the bedrocks of civilization and a truly fascinating place to visit. It’s also pretty hot and particular great for a nice getaway from cold Europe!
If you happen to find yourself planning a trip to Sri Lanka soon, here are 8 sights you definitely have to see – some of which are even UNESCO World Heritage sites!
1. Anuradhapura: This is ancient city is the first ancient capital of Sri Lanka and is famed for it’s well preserved ruins and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city dates back to the 4th century BC and is particularly significant in Sri Lanka’s Buddhist history.
2. Polonnaruwa: This previous capital city is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and is chock-filled with some of the most amazing sights you have to see in Sri Lanka including a rather impressive palace!
3. Sigiriya: Also know as Lion Rock is another UNESCO World Heritage site but this is one you’ll have to work for. Sigiriya is an ancient palace located at the top of a huge mountain and so you need to bring your hiking shoes for this one. Sigiriya boasts amazing frescos, ancient buildings and a view that is unlike any other in Sri Lanka. You don’t need to be an experienced climber to do this or overly fit to do this so definitely give it a try!
4. Pidurangala Ancient Forest Monastery: This forest monastery is one that is off the beaten track and typically devoid of the huge throngs of crowds you’d find at Sigiriya right opposite it but is definitely worth the climb. The view from up here is absolutely stunning and you get a rather unique perspective of the more famous Sigiriya from here.
5. Temple of the tooth: The Temple of the Tooth is part of the Royal Palace in Kandy, which is the last capital of Sri Lanka’s kings. The Temple is another UNESCO World Heritage site and is a must see when you’re in Kandy.
6. Elephants in the wild: When you visit Sri Lanka, the best and most ethical way to see elephants here is in the wild so you should definitely spend at least an evening (it’s cooler then), going on safari here! One of the best places to do this is Minneriya National Park.
7. Dambulla cave temple: These caves in the mountains are another prime UNESCO World Heritage site in Sri Lanka dating as far back as the 1st century BC. It is the largest of Sri Lanka’s cave temples and contains over 153 different Buddha statues.
8. Ruwanwelsisaya: This ‘stupa’ is an ancient building in Sri Lanka and one of the tallest monuments in the world. For the uninitiated, stupas are places of meditation for Buddhist and are symbolic of the Buddha.