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UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka

The World Heritage List compiled by UNESCO of places that are considered part of the world’s heritage which should be protected, includes eight remarkable attractions in Sri Lanka. These are the ruins of the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura, which flourished from the 5th century BC until the 10th century; the ruins of the successor kingdom, Polonnaruwa (9th to 14th century) and the incredible Sigiriya Rock, which became a fortress in the 5th century.

The entire city of Kandy (the seat of kings from the 16th to the 19th century) with its revered temple is a World Heritage site as is the Dambulla caves and temple dating from the 1st century BC. Galle Fort begun by the Portuguese in 1588, is number 200 on UNESCO’s list. There are two natural landmarks on the list: the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the Central Highlands (Peak Wilderness, Horton Plains, and the Knuckles Conservation Forest.)

Sacred City of Anuradhapura in sri lanka
Sacred City of Anuradhapura
Anuradhapura was the first capital of Sri Lanka (5th century BC – 9th century AD), the centre of the island’s Buddhist civilization
Ancient City of Polonnaruwa in sri lanka
Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
This medieval city rose to fame as the capital (10th – 12th century AD) after the decline of Anuradhapura
Ancient City of Sigiriya in sri lanka
Ancient City of Sigiriya
This spectacular Rock Fortress is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. The most impressive facets of the unique complex are the Water Gardens.
The Temple of the Tooth decorated for Perahera
Sacred City of Kandy
A lovely exotic city, the Hill Capital and last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings is a World Heritage Site which retains an aura of grandeur
Vivid paintings & statues within the Dambulla Cave Temple
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Located in the north central province this UNESCO World Heritage Site which dates back to the 1st century BC, is an amazing complex of 05 caves
Beautiful view of Galle Fort Lighthouse
Old Town of Galle & amp; its Fortifications
Said to be the famous Tarshish of the Bible where King Solomon obtained gems and spices, this is a must visit World Heritage Site
A breathtaking sight of a water stream in the Sinharaja forest
Singharaja Forest Reserve
Sinharaja is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique primary lowland rain forests in Sri Lanka, covering an extent of over 11000 hectares.  ...
Scenic view of the Adam's Peak from the clouds
Central Highlands
This is the latest addition to the UNESCO World heritage list comprising of the Knuckles Conservation Forest and Horton Plains National Park