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Pulasthipura / Polonnaruwa

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Mahawamsa and Culavamsa speak of Pulasthipura; the early historical name of Polonnaruwa; a UNESCO world heritage site, has a great history of conquest and struggle behind it and rightfully forms the third element in the Cultural Triangle. Located about 14 ...

Gadaladeniya

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Gadaladeniya

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This site with an ancient monastery is found on the flat rock at Diggala in the district of Kandy. According to an inscription this temple was built by King Buwanekabahu IV in the year 1344. The chief architect of this temple has been a south Indian calle ...

Kandy

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Kandy

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The last capital of Sri Lanka, the history of Kandy evokes images of riches, marching elephants and much pomp and pageantry. Colombo, Kandy is amongst a hilly terrain and all eyes are drawn to the centre of the city, where the Kandy Lake forms a charming ...

RICHMOND CASTLE

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RICHMOND CASTLE

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This superb hybrid of Indian and British architecture was copied from the plans of an Indian Maharaja’s palace designed by a London architect. Richmond Castle in Kalutara is a two-storied building with 15 rooms. All the rooms are naturally air-conditioned ...

Kuttam Pokuna

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Kuttam Pokuna

Kuttam Pokuna, , , , 50000

The Twin Ponds. These 3rd Century monks' bathing pools are archaeologically perfect. The water that feeds the ponds flows first into a filtering basin made of rock; It runs through a beautiful makara mouth and a lion's head into the smaller tank. A su ...

Sandakada Pahana ( The Moonstone )

Sandakada Pahana, , , , 50000

The elaborate moonstone at its base is in itself a distinctive element of ancient sculpture in the island. These semi-circular slabs of granite or gneiss acquired increasingly complex bands of decorations over the years. They range from the near abstract ...

Isurumuni Lovers

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Isurumuni  Lovers

Isurumuni Lovers, , , , 50000

6th Century Gupta style carving. The woman, seated on the man's lap, lifts a warning finger, probably as a manifestation of her coyness; but the man carries on regardless." The figures may represent Dutugemunu's son Saliya and the law caste (Sadol Kula) ...

Samadhi Buddha Statue

Samadhi Buddha Statue, , , , 50000

Mahamevuna Uyana. Anuradhapura, "Samadhi Budu Pilimaya" This limestone image of lord Buddha is dating from the 3rd Century. Seated under a Bo tree, depicts the Lord Buddha in the serene state of Samadhi, or deep meditation. It's not secret why the Grea ...

Abhayagiri Monastery

Abhayagiriya, , , , 50000

This was the home of mainly the Dhammaruchi sect, although it was open to many other sects including Mahayanism. There is little literary evidence as the rival monks of the Maha Vihara were the compilers of the chronicle. How ever, this 500-acre monastery ...

Whales and Dolphin spotting in Mirissa

Mirissa, , , , 80000

www.whale-watching-mirissa.com

Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa is one of the most exciting water activities you can do in Sri Lanka during your holiday. Mirissa is the best place to start your whale and dolphin watching tour in Sri Lanka. In warm Indian ocean you can see Blue ...

Nuwara Eliya Fiesta

Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka, , , , 22200

Nuwara Eliya, meaning 'city on the plain' or 'city of light', is a town in the central highlands of Sri Lanka with a picturesque landscape and temperate climate. It is located at an altitude of 1,868 m (6,128 ft) and is considered to be the most important ...

Ritigala

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Ritigala

Ritigala, ,

Ritigala is an ancient Buddhist monastery and mountain in Sri Lanka. The ruins and rock inscriptions of the monastery date back to 1st century BCE. It is located 43 km away from the ancient monastic city of Anuradhapura At 766 m above sea level, and 60 ...

Lankathilaka Viharaya

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Lankathila Viharaya is a Gedige type large image house build by king Parakramabahu the Great ( 1153- 1186 AD). The specialty in this structure is the two pylons at the entrance and the giant Buddha statue in side. This statue is 42 feet in height and buil ...

Girihadu seya

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Girihadu seya

Thiriyaya, ,

Girihadu seya is considered as the first Dageba in Sri Lanka, done by Thapassue Balluka Merchants. This is located in Thiriyaya close to Trincomalee Pulmoddi road. Load Buddha spent 7 weeks ( sath Sathiya) after his enlightenment ( This is around 528 B ...

Gadaladeniya temple

Gadaladeniya Rd, ,

Gadaladeniya temple basking on the city of kandy, is a well known tourist destination in Sri lanka. Usually it is visited by devotees, pilgrims, History enthusiasts and nature lovers. The temple of Gadaladeniya plays a key role in Sri lankan tourism. In o ...

Buddangala Monastery

Buddhangala, ,

This Sri Lanka's oldest monastery (Buddangala) is situated in a mountain over 500 feet high. The Dagoba has been enshrined with the relics of Buddha and his two leading monks Seriyuth and Mugalan's remains. King Saddatissa (brother of Great king Dutugemun ...

Buduruwagala Temple

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Buduruwagala is an ancient buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed ...

Bandagiriya Temple

Bandagiriya Colony, ,

Bandagiriya, a village located at the very far end of the Hambantota district is known well because of the ancient temple there. The rock on which the ancient stupas and other ruins are found today is considered the highest peak in the Hambantota district ...

Kalutara Temple - Kalutara Bodiya

Kalutara Bodhiya, Galle Rd, ,

Kalutara is historically important due to the fact that it was one of the 32 places indicated by Arahant Mahinda Thera to the king Devananpiya Tissa in the 2nd century B.C. as a place where one of the thirty two saplings of the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree ...

Kelaniya Temple

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Kelaniya Temple

Kelani Viharaya, ,

www.kelaniyatemple.org

The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, seven miles from Colombo. The Chief Incumbent (Chief Priest) is Venerable Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera. Buddhists believe the temple to ...

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