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,
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 is famed for its many caves containing splendid Buddhist frescoes and sculptures as well as examples of Hindu art. A World Heritage Site.
This sacred mountain is believed to be where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka. Sights include numerous temples, monasteries and splendid Buddha statues.
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