Cultural

Dambulla Cave Temple

Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple to experience the roots of Buddism in a natural environment

Situated in the central part of Sri Lanka  and also called the Golden Temple, this is the biggest preserved cave temple in the country. This historical complex of caves has been included on the world heritage list since 1991. The rock tower spreads over 160m and there are 80 caves to explore including 5 caves that contain paintings and statues of the life of the Lord Buddha, past Sri Lankan kings, gods and goddesses.

Sigiriya

One of the most visited cultural and archaeological Sri Lankan attractions, Sigiriya gives its visitors a glimpse of how a Sri Lankan King Kassapa once lived within the fortress that he built to hide and protect himself in the 5th century. With Lion shaped columns of steep rock, this attraction is listed under the UNESCO world heritage list and has a legendary history behind it. Visit the huge water gardens, boulder gardens and terrace gardens to get a feel  of the King’s intricate systems that were built and maintained by thousands of his workers. Located in the central province of Sri Lanka , Dambulla, this attraction is a cultural as well as an adventurous experience as you are able to climb to the top of steep rocks up 200m and have breath taking views of the surrounding areas. Once you have climbed the rock, you can also view the world-famous paintings drawn on the rocks by the King himself.

Anuradhapura

Visit the most ancient town in Sri Lanka filled with unique architectural designs and traditional Sri Lankan artwork. Located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is home to man made Stupa’s that depict the lives of the various Kings of Sri Lanka throughout history as well as the ruins of the masonry buildings and bathing-tanks. You will also find the sacred Bodhi Tree (Bo Tree) that was a gift from India almost 2500 years ago. The tree is still alive to this day and considered a pilgrimage site.

Anuradhapura is considered Sri Lanka’s first capital as the King Pandukabhaya era made it so in the 4th Century BC. During this time, Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka.

Visit this historical location to immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s ancient history and the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

Dalada Maligawa

DaladaMaligawa, also known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth is most famous for holding Lord Buddha’s tooth relic. Located in the heart of Kandy, it is considered the most sacred temple in Sri Lanka. There is an annual parade where you can see colourfully dressed elephants walking proudly in the parade. Kandy is situated in the centre of Sri Lanka and is surrounded by mountains. Due to the surrounding mountains, the temperature in Kandy is cooler than Colombo.

Every night at the DaladaMaligawa, a pooja is carried out accompanied by a traditional Kandian dance and playing of traditional drums. Visit this unique temple where a sacred artifact of Buddhism is kept.