THE HEART OF SRI LANKA WITH A PLETHORA OF MAGNIFICENT SITESSri Lanka’s Cultural triangle is situated in the centre of the island, north of the Hill Country, and is a dry-arid area that was the original heart of Sri Lankan civilisation. During the golden age of Sinhalese civilisation, it was called Rajarata – the Land of Kings. For 1500 years of dynasties, wars, invasions and religious missions to Asia, the development of increasingly ambitious dams and irrigation systems, the area supported great cities. Today these are UNESCO World Heritage sites and provide many magnificent examples of the region’s history and Buddhist culture. The Sacred City of Anuradhapura was the capital of the island from the third century BC to 993 AD and has vast monasteries, elaborate palaces, temples, dagobas (dome shaped tombs) and enormous reservoirs. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa was the island’s second capital and again has a magnificent array of impressive ruins and remains that are definitely worthy of exploration. A must-do on any visit to Sri Lanka is a visit to the Ancient City of Sigiriya where you can hike to the summit of the spectacular rock citadel, perhaps Sri Lanka’s most impressive attraction. Nearby to Sigiriya are the wonderful cave temples of Dambulla that house ancient Buddhist sculptures and paintings. You can also venture into the Minneriya National Park on a safari where you can view 24 species of mammals including elephant, monkeys, buffalo, Sambar Deer and Sloth Bear plus over 160 species of birds.
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