They called it ‘Ceylon’ in the earlier times and today it is known to the world as Sri Lanka. The name must have changed over time but not the beauty and the essence of this country. Located in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is also known as ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’. A not so big island country, the bright smiles and the warm nature of the people here will introduce you to a culture that is mentioned in ancient scripts of Ramayana. From tasting the Ceylon tea, experiencing Ayurvedic spa treatment, visiting sun-kissed beaches to watching a stunning wildlife which includes the majestic elephants and sly leopards, touring Sri Lanka is completely an awe-inspiring experience. For the people who are interested in culture and history, fascinated by the past and the architecture, Sri Lanka will introduce them to an unforgettable culture which still bears the signs of by-gone glorious eras. There are six World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka, each illustrating its own past and the enchanting times they once witnessed.
Beginning with Sigiriya, it is considered to be the eighth wonder of the world. Wondering why? This ancient city contains a castle built in 5th century sited on the flat rock top. Tourists are drawn towards this beautiful creative structure which depicts the brilliance of the builders in those times.
- Town of Galle
Next famous place is the town of Galle which was once a major port of the country. The architecture of this city has influence of Portuguese styles and traditions which can be reflected in the Galled Fort that is one of the largest fortresses in Asia.
Anuradhapura is known for the sacred Buddhist monasteries and was once a very wealthy city which was home to one of the great civilizations. It is also the first ancient capital of Ceylon.
The history receives a boost in the second most ancient city, Polonnaruwa. Even today you will able to view some of the amazing archeological relics that will take you back in time illustrating the legacy of some great rulers and their royal lineage. It has history dating back to as much as to 1070 CE. Even though over time, the Royal palace in Polonnaruwa has lost its shine, the glory stands till today.
- Golden Temple of Dambulla
The golden temple of Dambulla is also called as the Dambulla Cavekovil. One of the best caves temples, it has more than 80 caves out of which there are five main caves. These five caves present the life of Lord Buddha through paintings and statues.
After Colombo, Kandy is the second largest Sri Lankan city. Amidst beautiful hills lies this wonderful city which was also the last capital of ancient Sri Lanka. For the Buddhists, this place holds importance as its one of the most scared Buddhist place which is home to the Temple of the Tooth also known as Sri Dalada Maligawa.
Yes, Sri Lanka is lot more than you actually know, and exploring this country will definitely bring alive some of the best part of history and heritage.