Culture & Heritage

Anuradhapura Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura became the capital of Sri Lanka in the 4th century BC. Sri Lankan history from the 4th century BC up to 10th century A.D is generally referred as "Anuradhapura" period. King "Pandukabhaya" the third king of Vijayan dynasty became the king after great struggle against his uncles. He is the one who formally planned the city, with gates, quarters for traders etc. Anuradhapura kingdom lasted one thousand and four ...

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Ruwanwelisaya Ruwanwelisaya

Ruwanweli maha Seya was built by the great king Dutugamunu who reigned from 137BC to119BC. The original stupa has been about 180 feet (55 metres) in height and was renovated by many kings. The stupa is 350 feet (107 metres) in height and 300 feet (92 metres) in diameter today.

According to Mahavamsa, the great chronicle of the Sinhalese the preparation for the foundation for the stupa is described as ...

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Kelaniya Rajamaha Vihara Kelaniya Rajamaha Vihara

Being just seven miles from Colombo, Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya is the most sought after Temple for the Buddhists in and around Colombo. On the Eighth year after the Enlightenment, the Lord Buddha has visited this sacred site, which had been the Third and the last visit to Sri Lanka by the Gauthama Buddha. Situated on the banks of Kelani River, which is originating from Sri Pada , makes this ...

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Habarana Habarana

Habarana is a popular tourist destination for safari lovers as it is the starting point for safaris in the nearby Habarana jungle and the Minneriya sanctuary which is heavily populated by elephants. Elephant back riding is also an attraction in this small city. Habarana is situated nearby to the ancient rock fortress and castle/palace ruin of Sigiriya and is situated on the main road from Colombo to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa. ...

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Adams Peak (Sri Pada) Adams Peak (Sri Pada)

There is probably no mountain anywhere more famous than Sri Pada – Adam’s Peak (7362ft/2250m) for non-mountain reasons than this. It is sacred to three religions; to Buddhists the human-foot-shaped hollow on the pinnacle boulder marks one of the personal appearances of the Buddha; the Muslims believe that the depression marks Adam’s expiation of his disobedience by standing there for an age on one foot; to the Hindus, by whom ...

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Abhayagiri Viharaya Abhayagiri Viharaya

Abhayagiri Vihara is the ruins of a monastery on the northern part of the ancient city of Anuradhapura. It was formerly known as Uttaravihara, or Northern Monastery, during the ancient times. Usually known simply as Abhayagiri, the monastery grew to almost became a city of its own rivalling Anuradhapura.

Abhayagiri Vihara is one of the eight sacred sites for Buddhists in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. For about 600 years, it was ...

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