The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura for many centuries served as the country’s capital and today showcases a wealth of cultural sites. Famous attractions include the Ruwanweliseya dagoba and the Samadhi Buddha statue that shows Lord Buddha in a state of deep meditation. One’s tour would not be complete without visiting the Sri Maha Bodhi which is the world’s oldest documented tree.
Established during the 11th and 12th centuries AD, Polonnaruwa was the country’s 2nd capital and is seen as a popular stopover for those wanting to enjoy a cultural trip or two. From remnants of ancient temples and dagobas such as the Lankathilake Vihara to the beautifully adorned royal palace of King Parakramabahu, one certainly will be spoilt for choice.
Constructed during the reign of King Kashyapa, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is recognised as one of the most important cities of the Cultural Triangle that has an array of fascinating and ingenious features. Be awed by its composition of water gardens, ramparts, a mirror wall and of course the frescoes which provide a valuable insight into the artistic heritage of the country.
Situated in the district of Anuradhapura is the charming village of Aukana famous for the towering statue of Lord Buddha. Built during King Dhatusena’s reign, the Aukana Buddha statue 40 ft in height and sculptured meticulously including several intricate details such as the pleats of the robe and the serene expression of Lord Buddha makes this sculpture a marvel to every visitor.