Cultural Places

Sacred city of Anuradhapura

Sacred city of Anuradhapura - 1982

Anuradhapura was the capital of ancient Sri Lanka for the longest period from the 4th century BC to the 11th century AD, laying the foundation for a proud civilization in the country. Sri Mahabodhi / Ruwanweli Maha Seya / Lowamahapaya / Thuparamaya / Mirisawetiya / Abhayagiriya / Jethavanaramaya / Lankaramaya Atamasthanas, other temples and places of worship, Tissa Wewa / Abhaya Wewa with an area of 40 sq. Km. Spread over an area, the ancient city of Anuradhapura exhibits a unique cultural identity. Read More

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa - 1982

Polonnaruwa, the second capital city of ancient Sri Lanka, has a proud culture that is second only to Anuradhapura, although its reign was short. Gal Viharaya / Sandakadapahana / Satmahal Prasadaya / Lankathilaka Viharaya / Rankoth Vehera / Potgul Vehera / Thivanka Pilimageya / Vatadageya / Atadageya / Hatadageya / Shiva Devalaya etc. religious Shrines as well as Parakrama Samudraya / Minneriya Wewa / Giritale Wewa / Alahana Pirivena / Nissanka Latha Mandapa such irrigation and other constructions have also enhanced the historical significance of Polonnaruwa. Read More

Sigiriya - 1982

Sigiriya is a rock that was used as a kingdom by King Kasyapa I (473-495 AD) who ruled in the 4th century AD. Lion Gate, Mirror Wall and Mirror Wall Murals, Moats, Walls, and Gardens. Sigiriya is considered by some to be the eighth wonder of the world. Read More

Old city of Galle
Old city of Galle - 1988

Formerly known as "Gimhathiththa", Galle was then a major port city in the country. At the 12th UNESCO World Heritage Session in 1988, the city of Galle was designated a World Heritage Site by the Galle Fort / Galle Lighthouse / Rumassala Kanda, perfect for places like. Read More

Sacred city of Kandy
Sacred city of Kandy - 1988

The main reason for naming Kandy as a World Heritage Site is the location of the Temple of the Tooth in the city. The palace was built by King Wimaladharmasuriya I (1592 - 1604 AD) during the reign of the King of Kandy for the burial of the Tooth Relic of the Supreme Buddha. In addition to the Temple of the Tooth, Gadaladeniya Temple / Lankathilaka Temple / Ambakke Devalaya have added historical value to the city of Kandy. Read More

Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple
Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple - 1991

Known as the largest and most preserved cave temple complex in the country, the Rangiri Dambulla Rajamaha Viharaya was built by King Walagamba (103 and 89-77 BC) during the Anuradhapura Kingdom. It has the longest cave complex in Asia and the oldest stone Buddha statues in Sri Lanka have been found in this temple area. Read More

Natural Places

Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Sinharaja Forest Reserve - 1988

Named a Biosphere Reserve in 978, the Sinharaja Forest is a unique ecosystem belonging to the genus Tropical Rainforests. The Sinharaja Forest Reserve, which is endemic to Sri Lanka, is home to about 95% of the bird species, about 50% of the mammalian / reptile and insect species, and about 60% of the plant species, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989 based on the "natural" criteria. Read More

Central Highlands of Sri Lanka
Central Highlands of Sri Lanka - 2010

The last UNESCO World Heritage Site to be named in Sri Lanka is the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. The Central Highlands, with its ecosystems of the Butterfly Site Reserve, Horton Plains National Park and Knuckles Mountain Forest, is a unique mountain rainforest habitat that is home to about 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic flowering species and about 51% of vertebrates. Read More