Anuradhapurra is the largest and oldest city in Sri Lanka which was a wealthy city with a unique culture and great civilization. The greatest civilizations in ancient Asia had been built upon this city and had seated over 250 Buddhist and Hindu Kings.It is an iconic city in the Cultural triangle.
Polonnaruwa is the second ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka. The city is famous for its well reserved and planned Archeological sites, the complex irrigation methods used by farmers and the many ruined artifacts the city homes. It is said that the Greatness of the Kings that has reigned is been clearly depicted by the magnificent masterpieces built in the city.
Sigiriya is another magnificent masterpiece built by a great King. It’s a fabulous palace built on a huge rock by King Kashyapa, hoping to hide from his brother Mugulan, after killing his father King Dhatusena. The palace consists of an unfound elevator and water pipes which never emptied the flexuous fountains.
Kandy was the last kingdom during the Sri Lankan monarchy period, Sri Wickrmama Rajasinghe served as the King during this time. The very famous Temple, Sri Dalada Maligawa or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, is in Kandy. It’s a place that is worshipped and venerated by all Buddhists and every other person that visits Sri Lanka. Since ancient times the Sacred Tooth Relic had played a significant aspect towards the ruling party of the country, which is; whoever holds the relic holds the governance of the country.
Galle was the main seaport before the Colombo port. Its peak of development was in the 18th century during the Dutch colonial period. The oldest Dutch building was built around 1656, The National Museum, and the Dutch reform Church was also a well preserved building which stand to this date. Galle is one of the most historically fascinating city’s that is still functioning.
The Sinharaja is a famous, biologically unique rainforest with an abundance of endemic species in the lowlands of Sri Lanka. Related to the Ramayan history of which God Hanuman had clasped a palm full of herbs from the Himalayas to find the required herb to cure Rama and had then later thrown it which had then fallen into the lowlands of Sri lanka.
The cave Temple or the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a magnificently built rock temple. The temple had been built by King Valagamba, during his retreat to Dambulla from Anuradhapura. All the paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and some of the frescoes are over 2000 years old. The rock is about 160m surrounded by 80 documented caves. It is the largest and well preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.
The central highlands are mainly concentrated in and around Nuwara Eliya. With the drop in temperature and rise in altitudes the Central Highlands provide a comfortable stay as well as a mind blowing scenic view of the entire area. The site is composed of Sri Pada or Adam’s Peak, Horton Plains National park and the Knuckles Conservation forest.