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Five unmissable sights on a Sri Lankan Holiday

Sri Lanka, situated off the Southern tip of India has been inhabited since 16,000 BC. Since then the Island has been host to Indian, Portuguese and Dutch visitors all leaving their own mark on this beautiful island.

Such a rich history has left many wonderful places to visit. We present to you 5 unmissable sights on a Sri Lanka Holiday

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The ancient city of Sigriya is one of many Unesco protected areas in Sri Lanka. The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak. Some 370 metres high the "Lion's Rock" dominates the jungle from all sides. The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is literally a fortress carved in the rock. You start the climb between two giant 'paws' carved out of stone, passing original paintings dating back centuries.Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The Golden Temple of Dambulla

The Golden Temple of Dambulla

The Dambulla Cave Temples were created when The Sinhalese King, Valagam Bahu took refuge after being ousted from his Capital. 5 caves were transformed into temples featuring statues of Buddha and some frescoes over 2,000 years old.  These temples are true best persevered temples you will find in Sri Lanka. The Golden Temple is another Unesco Heritage site 

You can visit both Sigiriya and Dambulla on our Sri Lankan Discovery Trip

The Sacred City of Kandy

The Royal city of Kandy is situated on the edge of a lake surrounded by hills right in the heart of Sri Lanka. The city was the last capital of the ancient kings of Sri Lanka that resisted European dominance for 300 years after they first landed on the coast.
Kandy is most famous for the Temple of the Tooth. The Temple of the Sacred Tooth relic is situated in the royal palace complex. The relic of the tooth is said to have been taken from Lord Budda's funeral Pyre and keep. Legend has it that whoever possessed the tooth had the right to rule Sri Lanka. The Temple itself is beautifully located on the edge of the lake with the tooth enshrined in seven golden caskets inlaid with beautiful gemstones.

If history isn't your thing, then how about some wildlife?

Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe National Park

The transit home is run by Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation a to provide shelter orphaned or abandoned baby elephants, releasing them to the wild only when they are strong enough. As a visitor you will be able to watch the young elephants at feeding time. The Elephant Transit Home is close to the entrance of Udawalwe National Park, which has one of the highest densities of wild elephants anywhere in Sri Lanka. 

Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe National Park

The Monkeys of Polonnaruwa Nature Sanctuary

The 'Monkey Camp' is located in the Jungle near Tambala. Lead by Dr. Wolfgagn Dittus, the camp studies the local monkey populations of Toque Macaques and Purple Faced and Gray Langurs. Their mission statement is to advance scientific knowledge for conserving wildlife, and for a better understanding of the evolution of primate society and man’s place in nature.
As a guest at the Monkey camp you will get to see up close as they live in the archaeological ruins and as they feed in the morning and early evenings.
You can see the Monkeys in Sri Lanka with our 'Monkeys in the Jungle' trip.

Sri Lanka is just one of the amazing countries we visit in Asia. Check out our other country trips here

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