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 dollrov for the group+rent 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...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...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 there 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...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...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...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...