History & Culture

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Galle

Galle The southern port city. A well known seaport from ancient times when merchant ships anchored here to trade for the Islands famous gems, exotic spices and other commodities. The famous fort in Galle originated as a small fort named Santa Cruz built by the Portuguese in 1589. After the Dutch occupation it was destroyed and rebuilt on a much ...

Kandy

Known as the Hill Capital, this city is situated deep within lush green hills near Sri Lanka's longest river, Mahaweli. The surroundings of Kandy are the perfect picture of a Tropical Landscape. Historically the Kandyan Kingdom originated in 1357 and was the last stronghold of the country's Royalty until 1815 when it came under the British rule....

Dambulla

The Rock Cave Temple of Dambulla. the history of this temple dates back to 1st century BC during the reign of King Valagam Bahu. Famous for its ancient Buddhist paintings and images depicting important events in the life of the Buddha as well as significant moments in the history of Sri Lanka the five main caves contain almost 150 images of the ...

Polonnaruwa

The medieval capital city of the island. Polonnaruwa. After the demise of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa became the capital city from 11th to the 13th century. Here you will see both Buddhist and Hindu Temples l ocated close to one another indicating the harmony that existed between the both Sinhalese and South Indian Tamil kings who lived in this ci...

Anduradapura

The ancient first capital city. Anuradhapura flourished as a center of political power, and created a unique culture in South Asia from 400 BC to 1100 AC that was known as far as the Mediterranean Civilizations. As you walk through this sacred city of Buddhism with its monasteries, temples, dagabas and palaces you will notice a very intricate bu...