UNESCO sights in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka is very rich in cultural attractions and natural beauty. And in all this variety it is sometimes difficult to decide what is a must see, and what you can skip. A sign of quality attractions is included in the UNESCO list. Such places in Sri Lanka 8: six cultural sites and two natural. Below are a list of them and brief description. Visiting these places can guarantee you the pleasure and satisfaction of curiosity. However, it should be said that in Sri Lanka , these places are not only a sign of quality, but also particularly high, sometimes unreasonable price.

Here the cost of visiting the sites:

  • Anuradhapura – 30$
  • Dambulla – USD 10
  • Mikindani - 4$
  • Sigiriya – 30$
  • Polonnaruwa – 25$
  • Was ritigala - 10$
  • Horton plains, Sinharaja Forest, Udawalawe and other National parks - admission is $ 15+ $ 8 per unit+the fee for renting transport+guided tour+entrance cost of transport. In the end the price of self-visit costs from $ 30 at the most economical option visit and excluding the cost of transport.

Cultural attractions of Sri Lanka

  • Polonnaruwa ancient city (Ancient City of Polonnaruwa)

    Included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1982. Is a city in Central Sri Lanka. He is known as the second capital (after Anuradhapura) and the ancient city and ruins in the archaeological Park of Polonnaruwa is one of the most popular attractions of the island. In our opinion, it is a must to visit if you are even slightly interested in the history and ancient monuments. Visited as an independent tourist destination, and to examine carefully all the monuments of Polonnaruwa need at least a couple days. Read more about Polonnaruwa here...

    Квадрангл в Полоннаруве Quadrangle in Polonnaruwa
  • Ancient city of Sigiriya (Ancient City of Sigiriya)

    Included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1982. Sigiriya – ancient city, built in the V century by king Kashyapa as a fortress, but it never became a full-fledged capital. The king's Palace the king built on an impregnable cliff 370 metro. At least Kashyapa believed that the rock would protect him, but nothing ever came of it, and he was killed by his brother.

    The place is very fascinating and interesting, and definitely worth a visit. There is only one drawback – unreasonably high price for a site visit. For a walk around the monument you will have to pay $ 30. Today Sigiriya is not a tourist town, and so it is visited as a standalone attraction, inspection lasted several hours. Read more about Sigiriya here...

    Сигирия Sigiriya
  • Sacred city of Anuradhapura (Sacred City of Anuradhapura)

    Included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1982. The first capital of the Sinhala state in the island of Sri Lanka, which was such from IV to X century ad.

    Today Anuradhapura is a city-the capital of the province, but interesting tour of the archaeological Park with its ancient monuments, located near (the so-called old town). Close to Anuradhapura is another tourist place of mihintale, where considered to be in Sri Lanka began to spread Buddhism.

    To see in Anuradhapura is something: it's palaces, temples and pagodas. Indifferent to the scale of the monuments and their beauty here will be no. To see all of you in 1-2 days. Read more about Anuradhapura here...

    Ступа Джетавана, Анурадхапура The Jetavana stupa in Anuradhapura
  • Golden temple of Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla)

    Included in the UNESCO list in 1991. Golden temple of Dambulla or the cave temple in a natural cave on the mountainside in the ist century BC. This is a unique place and age and for entertainment, and it is certainly worth a visit, especially as it is very close to Sigiriya rock fortress, and a visit can be combined. The temple is located in the city of Dambulla is one of its attractions. The town itself is of no particular interest, except perhaps as a place to stay overnight. Read more about Dambulla here...

    Храм Дамбуллы Temple Of Dambulla
  • Old town of Galle and its Fort (Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications)

    Included in the UNESCO list in 1988. The city of Galle is in the South of Sri Lanka close to the popular beach resorts of Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Bentota and others, making it one of the most visited and popular tourist places. However, the town itself is not very interesting, just a typical Sri Lankan town, quite large by local standards. Interesting here was built by the Portuguese in the seventeenth century granite Fort fortress, which today is the largest built by Europeans fortress in Asia. This castle is a town which is not only interesting, but also romantic. Here you can wander through the winding streets and enjoy the architecture and monuments, but even to stay at one of the hotels or just sit in the restaurant. What's especially nice visit to the fortress while free, will have to pay only for the separate entrance to the monuments and museums on its territory. Read more about Halle here...

    Форт Галле, Шри-Ланка Galle Fort View photos in 3D
  • The sacred city of Kandy (the Sacred City of Kandy)

    Included in the UNESCO list in 1988. Another city in Central Sri Lanka, but now the last Royal capital of Sri Lanka. Today Kandy, we can safely assign the title of culture and spiritual capital of the country. Here you can see not only interesting architectural sights, and a traditional dance show. The main attraction of Kandy is the Temple of the Tooth relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), where it is considered that houses the most sacred Buddhist relic - one and four teeth of the Buddha. Read more about Kandy here...

Natural (natural) attractions

  • Central highlands of Sri Lanka (Central Highlands of Sri Lanka)

    Included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 2010. The highlands of Sri Lanka located in the South-Central part of the island. The most interesting places here – the nature reserve Horton Plains National Park, a protected conservation area, forest the Knuckles Conservation Forest. In these forests, with altitudes up to 2500 m above sea level, is the extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna, including several endangered animal species.

  • Forest reserve Sinharaja (Sinharaja Forest Reserve)

    Included in the UNESCO list in 1988. The Sinharaja forest is located in the South of the island. This is the last area on the island where the original tropical forest. The diversity of animal and plant species here is enormous. Read more about Sinharaja forest here...


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admin 10 November, 2019

What is the link? ...
Светлана123456 15 January, 2020
The most important thing is not specified in the description - distance from the airport. ...
admin 15 January, 2020

Hello Svetlana! Thanks for the comment, but it is not quite clear what the distance, if you update, be sure to add. ...
mextto 28 January, 2020
Good afternoon. Going in February to Kalpitiya in the hotel's LAGOON CHALETS DEV SETH. Do you have any info on this hotel. Unfortunately couldn't find anything in Russian. Want to hear the opinion of our countrymen. Thank you ...
admin 28 January, 2020

Well on booking this hotel the reviews are very well quoted, so all is good. Only place there is a real wilderness in the square. ...
Владимир123344545 February 2, 2020

need an international driver's license. if the mind, somewhere else, must assure. I rented a car, stopped, showed the right and had no problems. a moped with no problems, if chase had just called around. if not And prepare a money. If stopped by a cute smile, don't be rude, pretend you don't understand. Rights without categories And it is better not to show at all. Agree on the fine on the spot, the size of which depends on your abania and the greed of the COP. And generally be careful on the roads, Beware of the BUSES!!!! ...
admin 3 February, 2020
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Polynkin 8 February, 2020

We are currently staying here and your hotel next to us! The hotel is great! Better than our 10 times) with the house on the lagoon for kiters, you can walk on the ocean-about 300 meters)) ...
Alexey Kiev 8 February, 2020
My wife was in Ceylon about the year 2012... in Kalutara.
Four stars - with Breakfast-dinner, beautiful kitchen and even a piano-pianist. From wandering through the territory of the lizards and chipmunks in the bushes. NO MONKEYS!!!
The tour was taken at the reception - minibus with air-condition, four (together with us) tourists 10 seats in the cabin. Visit tea plantations, stone Siguiri, different monasteries, overnight in Kandy, the Royal Palace, Botanical garden, elephant trekking and extreme return in the night in a hotel during a tropical storm and flooding!!! The guide was our driver.
Amazing culture, tragic history of the Royal dynasty, charming nature, unique Souvenirs from craftsmen, gold people, almost understandable for Ukrainians Sanskrit.
Of the shortcomings - a problem with alcohol... not even beer to buy hard liquor only in the supermarket and very expensive, local landmark, home purchased in Duty - Red Rum - muck rare!!! ...
admin 9 February, 2020

Alex, I disagree about the beer and alcohol. No problem everything can be found, you just need the right look, there are restrictions of course. All about alcohol I wrote in a separate article, be sure to read all tourists before the trip on SHL - https://nashaplaneta.net/asia/srilanka/art-shri-lanka-alkogol-i-cigarety. ...