UNESCO sights in Sri Lanka

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, the 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 is 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 22 may 2017, 11:03
Hello! From India to Sri Lanka can only be reached as from any other country, any simplified procedure no including visa. So you need to buy tickets from India to Sri Lanka, and to issue an e-visa ETA. On the other way. ...
Paul M 15 Dec 2017, 00:15
Hello, I can not find any site where you can buy a ticket from Ella to Hikkaduwa on any train or bus. Also wanted to ask about the local mobile operators. Necessary mostly the Internet. Suggest some kind of network? Just there to buy a SIM card (Colombo) and what the price would be for a package where a few minutes, but a lot of the Internet? Thanks in advance ...
admin 15 Dec 2017, 09:49
Hello Paul! And you will not find such a site. First, there are no such websites, electronic ticketing on trains and buses in Sri Lanka does not exist; and secondly, from Ella to Hikkaduwa can be reached only with a change in Colombo. Generally you do not see this as a big problem, tickets for 2 and 3 class will be able to buy on the spot right before the departure. Timetable here https://eservices.railway.gov.lk/schedule/homeAction.action?lang=en If you definitely want to travel first class in observation car, then it is better to buy in advance the plot of Ella-Colombo, but not necessarily. Available in advance through special sites to the Agency with a large wrap, but it will not be an e-ticket and the paper that you get in the place. On the Internet today, not to advise, has long not been there, but in General without problems to buy and use. If English little own in any shop with SIM cards explain what you need, you will be offered options. ...
Lauryn 15 Dec 2017, 17:33
Good evening! Going to Sri Lanka in the second half of January. If I'm on the ETA, do not tell me when it's ready? (including the upcoming NG) Or is it better to do it at the airport on arrival? I read that this is possible. Is this true? Thank you for your answer. ...
admin 15 Dec 2017, 17:38
Do not see the advantages of what to do at the airport. First of all expensive and secondly have at the airport to spend more time, you need it. Make from home a few days everything will be ready. ...
Yanita 05 Feb 2018, 18:35
We are traveling with a child. In Thailand no problem we went with the baby on the motorbike. Can there be a problem with the police in Sri Lanka if the motorcycle will be 2 adults and a child? ...
admin 06 Feb 2018, 09:29
Hello! Yes, it seems that even we are not forbidden to carry on a motorcycle in the front seat, and after 12 on the rear. But in Sri Lanka, motorbikes for transport is generally not considered, all ride, and many times with children seen. Well, even if there are complaints, the police (police on the roads, by the way, very little), solve the problem on the spot. The cops are here Oh-Oh-Oh-ry is corrupt, everything can be solved for a few bucks. Do not swear with them, and smile and even laugh, and everything will be OK. P. S. in Kandy into oncoming traffic on the bike flooded, and then as luck COP. He blowed, poulybalis each other, turned around and went back. ...
Lukas 07 May 2018, 18:55
Hello! I'm going to Sri Lanka in about a month and have thoughts on renting a scooter when I'm in Ella and perhaps also in/around Arugam Bay. I only have my Swedish drivers license (I know more is required) but I wonder about the consequenses if being pulled over? I was several times in Bali and just paid for a temporary license the first time which I could then show when it happened again. How expensive would a fine be in Sri Lanka, it is high risk to get pulled over as a tourist on bike and also, what is worse case scenario if I do get pulled over? Answers would be appriciated! Regards Lukas ...
admin 09 May 2018, 05:13
Hi Lukas! You are right, officialy you need to get a local drivers permit. But on practice you don't really need this, actually like on Bali too. I have expirience in driving all around Sri Lanka, have met twice policemens on the road and they cheked-out my russian driving license, and I don't have any problems and fines. ...
Оксана1083 31 may 2018, 13:16
How much is one day delay in the visa. We have tickets for 32 days. And how to do better. To change tickets or expired visa to pay ...

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