Ancient Cities of Sri Lanka

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What type of traveler you are, doesn’t matter. There, Srilanka has segments that made for you. Relax much more by a tropical jungle, lake view or a calm bay otherwise adventure; such as climb to a hike, water rafting, surfing or memorable sights of upper county train tour, wild life of national parks, elephants, birds watching, waterfalls, tea estates & factories, hot balloons, village tours, landmarks and architectures of colonial seasons, and may be exploring the heritage which belongs over 2000 years; ramshackle sacred cities, kingdoms, forts, and Buddhist temples and stupas’.

01. Ancient city of Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura was first settled by Anuradha, a follower of Prince Vijaya the founder of the Sinhala race. Later, it was made the Capital by King Pandukabhaya at about 380 B.C. According to the Mahavamsa, the epic of Sinhala History, King Pandukabhaya’s city was a model of planning Ancient City of Anuradhapura

02. Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
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.

03. Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. … Prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as there are burial sites with human skeletons about 2700 years old in this area, at Ibbankatuwa near the Dambulla cave complexes.

04. Sigiriya – The eighth wonder of the world
Sigiriya or Sinhagiri (Lion Rock Sinhala: සීගිරිය, Tamil: சிகிரியா, pronounced see-gi-ri-yə) is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colorful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock, he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion.
The name of this place is derived from this structure — Sīnhāgiri, the Lion Rock (an etymology like Siṃhapura, the Sanskrit name of Singapore, the Lion City). The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king’s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best-preserved examples of ancient urban planning. Great king Ravana’s is closely linked to the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress too. Many believe that King Ravana’s Alakamanda is symbolically represented by Sigiriya. It is believed that Sigiriya used to be one of the great king’s palaces. According to the records in the Palm Leaf Book Ravana Watha, Sigiriya was built under the directions that were given by King Visthavasa. He is the father of King Ravana. The frescoes are also mentioned in the book. According to Ravana Watha, the blue-hued lady in the frescoes represents the Yakka tribe and the other ladies represent the Naga, Deva and Gandabhbha tribes. There is a cave in Sigiriya named Naipena Guhava (The Cobra Head Cave). It is said that Sita was held captive in this cave by King Ravana. The ancient book also states that King Kassapa chose Sigiriya as his castle and resurrected the magnificent rock fortress’s magnificent glory.

05. Kandy
Kandy is very famous among tourist for three main reasons: It is home to the sacred tooth relic of the Buddha (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic; Dalada Maligawa ), The Botanical Gardens ( Located in Peradeniya) and it always has a special place when it comes to festivities such as the Esala Perahara



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