Top Historical Places Of Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has always been a country with rich history and culture. This article talks about some of the most famous historical sites for travelers who are about to visit Sri Lanka.

Top Historical Places Of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has the richest historical background dating back 2500 years ago. With its two largest ethnic groups i.e. Tamils and Sinhalese, Sri Lanka prides to have the richest history making it the best historical site of choice. Sri Lanka therefore has up to 6 UNESCO world recognized heritage sites. The various historical sites of Sri Lanka clearly depict the remnants of ancient culture, tradition and civilization. There are various shrines, temples palaces, parks and paintings that have remained exclusively the best historical destinations in Sri Lanka. The following therefore are the top historical places of Sri Lanka.
Sigiriya
It is located in the North Central Province 22 kilometers to the Northeast of Dambula. Sigiriya is famously known for its ancient rock remnants of the ancient palace. It also has the most outstanding ruins that have rendered this place one of the top most attractive historical destination in Sri Lanka. You will also not miss the weird frescoes paintings that were done long back in the 15th century. Sigiriya is one must not miss historical destination is Sri Lanka.
Anuradhapura
This is the primary source of the country's history that dates back into the 3rd century BC. It has a well-kept record of the Sinhalese Kingdom and off course a lot of beautiful myths. It was founded by the king's minister, Anuradha in the 4th century. It is well-known for its stone carvings and statute that provide rich history of the whole place and its ancient occupants. Nonetheless, Anuradhapura also boasts for its numerous numbers of dagobas such as the Thuraparama, Ruwanweli, Isurumuniya, and Mirirsaweti. You will also be amazed with its sculpture works that have taken place in the area
Polonnaruwa
It is the second largest kingdom in Sri Lanka and is has the most outstanding archaeological artifacts. It harbors sufficient evidence of the first rulers of the kingdom. It has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the world's historical heritage sites. One of the major attractions in Polonnaruwa is the Buddha statute that was made from stone carving.
Kandy
It is one of the best scenic cities in Sri Lanka. It is both a religious and administrative city being visited frequently by the Buddhists especially those ones from the Theravada School. Moreover, Kandy is the home to the Sacred Tooth Relic Temple or Dalada Maligawa. Most of the festivals are carried out at the Kandy. The Botanical Gardens is also located here.
Dambulla
Most of the pilgrimages are located here. It hosts the largest cave complex in the whole country. It has the tallest rock that is 160 meters high. The various caves that are located in this place have played a very crucial role in attracting tourists from various places around the world.
The cave also contains a lot of statutes of up to 153 in number all playing a role of being the best historical sites in Sri Lanka. Dambulla boasts to have been named by UNESCO as one of the world heritage sites.
Sri Lanka has the best deals when it comes to historical outing with its rich historical places. Apply for your Sri Lanka visa and get a chance to explore its rich history.

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