Sacred City of Kandy

Brief description

This sacred Buddhist site, popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, was the last capital of the Sinhala kings whose patronage enabled the Dinahala culture to flourish for more than 2,500 years until the occupation of Sri Lanka by the British in 1815. It is also the site of the Temple of the Tooth Relic (the sacred tooth of the Buddha), which is a famous pilgrimage site.

Unesco WHS list ref:  450

We’ve had 2 wonderful holidays in this lovely island, and have managed to visit ALL the sites! Every one was memorable.

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Brief description

Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the country’s last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.

Unesco WHS list ref:  405

We’ve had 2 wonderful holidays in this lovely island, and have managed to visit ALL the sites! Every one was memorable. Sinharaja is hard to get to, but we stayed in a lodge in the forest, and it was definitely worth it to get an early morning start and trek in the forest.

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Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

Brief description

Sri Lanka’s highlands are situated in the south-central part of the island. The property comprises the Peak Wilderness Protected Area, the Horton Plains National Park and the Knuckles Conservation Forest. These montane forests, where the land rises to 2,500 metres above sea-level, are home to an extraordinary range of flora and fauna, including several endangered species such as the western-purple-faced langur, the Horton Plains slender loris and the Sri Lankan leopard. The region is considered a super biodiversity hotspot.

Unesco WHS list ref:  1203

We’ve had 2 wonderful holidays in this lovely island, and have managed to visit ALL the sites! Every one was memorable, including getting up pre-dawn to go hiking in Horton Plains.

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Adams Peak

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Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Brief description

This sacred city was established around a cutting from the ‘tree of enlightenment’, the Buddha’s fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.

Unesco WHS list ref:  200

We’ve had 2 wonderful holidays in this lovely island, and have managed to visit ALL the sites! Every one was memorable.

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This sign in Anuradhapura had 3 faces, and on each was a different language: sinhala, tamil and english.

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Golden Temple of Dambulla

Brief description

A sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest, best-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist mural paintings (covering an area of 2,100 m2 ) are of particular importance, as are the 157 statues.

Unesco WHS list ref:  561

We’ve had 2 wonderful holidays in this lovely island, and have managed to visit ALL the sites! Every one was memorable.

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Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

Brief description

Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century.

Unesco WHS list ref: 201

We’ve had 2 wonderful holidays in this lovely island, and have managed to visit ALL the sites! Every one was memorable.

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Polonnaruwa 1

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Ancient City of Sigiriya

Brief description

The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 180m high (the ‘Lion’s Rock’, which dominates the jungle from all sides). A series of galleries and staircases emerging from the mouth of a gigantic lion constructed of bricks and plaster provide access to the site.

Unesco WHS list ref:  202

We’ve had 2 wonderful holidays in this lovely island, and have managed to visit ALL the sites! Every one was memorable, although I confess I only saw Sigiriya from below….. N climbed the scary steps by himself :-/

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Sigiriya 1

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