Sri Lanka, an island nation in South Asia, is a melange of cultural heritage, sparkling beaches, whispering rainforests, icy waterfalls and diverse wildlife. With Sri Lanka tour packages travellers can explore them all and in fact much more. The country has many UNESCO-listed cultural and natural sites that are worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. To name a few are:
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Golden Temple of Dambulla is a magnificent cave temple complex, which has exquisite Buddhist rock paintings and 157 revered statues that have withstood the ravages of many centuries. This rock formation, established in the 3rd century BC, has been occupied continuously until today. The uniqueness of this site would certainly leave onlookers spellbound; the reason for it being a part of almost all Sri Lanka tour packages.
Rare historical jewel protected by dark, thick stone walls, with the endless ocean on one side, Galle Fort is the best preserved sea fort in Asia. The construction of this fort was started by Portuguese in the late 16th century and later, further additions were made to it by the Dutch and British in the 17th and 18th century, respectively. During its initial years, the site was also used as a prison camp to punish Sinhalese natives who opposed Portuguese rule.
Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa replaced Anuradhapura as the capital of Sri Lanka in AD 993. The sacred quadrangle, bathing pool and Buddha statue are among the various points of interest here. At the heart of the city, which is surrounded by concentric walls and filled with gardens and parks, is situated the Royal Palace.
Sacred City of Anuradhapura
The Sacred City of Anuradhapura is formed around the cutting of the tree, under which Lord Buddha meditated and finally achieved enlightenment. The fig was brought here by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns, in the 3rd century BC. Ancient stupas, old-fashioned reservoirs, astonishing dome and rock carvings are the spots that make this place stand out.
To make it easy for travellers to explore them, online travel portals offer all inclusive Sri Lanka holiday that mostly includes accommodation, meals and flight reservations.