Anuradhapura is the most celebrated Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined city. The ruins of Anuradhapura
are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection
of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas, soaring brick towers, ancient
pools and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka.
Today several of the sites remain in use as holy places and temples; frequent ceremonies give
Anuradhapura a vibrancy that’s a sharp contrast to the ambience at Polonaruwa.
Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass 500ft high and a mile around the base. Here you find the
famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the King
Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he
built the most magnificent Rock Temples to be found on the Island.
Climb the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya. Sigiriya, a massive monolith of red stone rises 600 feet from
the green scrub jungle to accentuate the lucid blue of the sky and it can be considered as one of
the loveliest royal cities that ever graced the earth. Sigiriya built by the parricidal king Kashyapa
in the 5th century A.D is today a treasure trove of rare art. In a pocket of the giant rock are the
famous frescoes of the ‘’ heavenly maidens of "Sigiriya’’. Also we can see Sigiriya Museum; you
will enjoy an Elephant Ride in Sigiriya witnessing the beauty of the Rock in the background.
PM: Visit Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa, which became the capital of Sri Lanka following the decline of Anuradhapura, was to
witness the Sinhalese Buddhist civilization reaching still greater heights. Today, Polonnaruwa, a
UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its preserved ruins and restored ancient irrigation reservoirs are a
“must visit” cultural destination of Sri Lanka. As much as the preserved cultural monuments would
enlighten the tourists, the wildlife sanctuaries in the district of Polonnaruwa affords ample
opportunities to enjoy and to have fun at the close range of wild elephants, other mammals to the
lovers of wildlife. For the city of Polonnaruwa itself is the largest ancient irrigation reservoir called
Parakrama Samudra is always lovely, and with the plethora of birdlife, it is seldom that there is not
something interesting going on upon its shimmering expanses of waters.
Visit Dalada Maligawa. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic: ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha’s Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess’ hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lanka’s most prized possession, and later you will witness a cultural show. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, also known as Dalada Maligawa, is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy and is located in the royal palace complex which houses the sacred tooth Relic of Buddha.