World Heritage Sites Of Sri Lanka

The cultural world heritage sites of Sri Lanka in photos.

1. Ancient City of Polonnaruwa

After the South Indian kings, invaded Anuradhapura, the Sinhalese kings moved their capital to Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa’s architectural designs, paintings and sculptures has it own identity which was not influenced by Buddhism, but also by Hinduism. UNESCO added Polonnaruwa to its World Heritage Site list in 1982.

The ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa

The ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa

2. Ancient City of Sigiriya

Sigriya is a city which was created by King Kashyapa in 5th century. The highlight of Sigriya is the 200 meter high Lion Rock which is surrounded by huge gardens, pathways, ponds and fountains. On mid way to the peak of the rock lies mirror wall on which are inscribed more than one thousand poems. UNESCO declared this a World heritage site in 1982.

Sigiriya Rock

Sigiriya Rock

3. Golden and Cave Temple of Dambulla

Cave Temple in Dambulla

Cave Temple in Dambulla

4. Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

Fortified walls of Galle Fort

Fortified walls of Galle Fort

5. Sacred City of Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is believed to be the first city and capital of Sri Lanka since Buddhism became the primary faith of its people.  It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982 by UNESCO.

Thuparamaya Stupa in Anuradhapura

Thuparamaya Stupa in Anuradhapura

6. Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy

Temple Of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Temple Of the Sacred Tooth Relic

Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala

Karthik Reddy has been traveling around the world since completing his M.B.A in 2012. He is passionate about photography, trying out new food, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and explore places solo.

1 Response

  1. Kevin Stark says:

    Absolutely there are stunning places in Sri Lanka. You are all welcome to visit our country.

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