Sri Lanka Historic Sites and Landmarks

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Anuradhapura
Sri Lanka

Now in ruins, this holy city and World Heritage Site was once a major center of Sri Lankan civilization. Sights include huge bell-shaped stupas of small sun-dried bricks, temples, sculptures, palaces,

Polonnaruwa
Sri Lanka

This ancient city was the Sri Lankan capital in the Middle Ages. Many fascinating ruins remain at the site, including a reclining Buddha, seated Buddha and standing Buddha all carved out of a single b

Sri Dalada Maligawa
Kandy, Sri Lanka

The stunning Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house a tooth of Buddha himself. This relic attracts many white-clad pilgrims bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani.

Dambulla
Sri Lanka

Dambulla is famed for its many caves containing splendid Buddhist frescoes and sculptures as well as examples of Hindu art. A World Heritage Site.

Mihintale
Sri Lanka

This sacred mountain is believed to be where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. Sights include numerous temples, monasteries and splendid Buddha statues.

Sigiriya
Sri Lanka

This fascinating 5th-century palace is built atop a great rock and accessed via a stairway flanked by giant lion paws. Halfway up are frescoes of bare-breasted maidens and at the top are gardens and f