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The Cultural triangle of Sri Lanka is situated in the centre of the island and covers an area which includes the World Heritage cultural sites of the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy.

Sigiriya Rock fortress
Sigiriya is the most important place to visit in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is a prehistoric rock fortress located in the northern Matale District close to the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name indicates to a site of recorded and archeological importance that is dominated by a huge section of rock almost 200 meters (660 ft) high. As per the ancient Sri Lankan narrative the Culavamsa, this site was chosen by King Kasyapa (477 - 495 CE) for his new capital. He constructed his castle on the highest point of this rock and adorned its sides with brilliant frescoes. On a little level about most of the way up the side of this rock he assembled a door as a huge lion. The name of this place is gotten from this structure Sihagiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the regal royal palace was relinquished after the ruler's demise. It was utilized as a Buddhist monastery until the fourteenth century. Sigiriya today is an UNESCO recorded World Heritage Site. It is extraordinary preserved compared old urban planning.
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Polonnaruwa Ancient City
Polonnaruwa is the principle town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela zone is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other section of Polonnaruwa stays as the illustrious old city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.The second most antiquated of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first proclaimed the capital city by King Vijayabahu, who vanquished Chola intruders in 1070 to rejoin the nation again under a neighborhood leader. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been acknowledged a World Heritage Site.
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Ritigala sanctuary
The mysterious stays of the Ritigala sanctuary are concealed on a mountain amidst a strict nature reserve. The long and simple way through the monastery begins at the old footsteps of a massive bath tub, which was most likely utilized by the monks to purify themselves before entering sanctuary. In any event, that is the best figure: nothing concrete is thought about the remains of Ritigala. This was an isolated mountain sanctuary for monks who needed to get away from the regular world, and their lives stay shrouded in enigmatic.
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Hiriwadunna village trekking
This is a distinctive landscape open experience with a jeep ride to the countryside of Hiriwadunna from your lodging in Sigiriya or Dambulla. The trek starts with a wonderful stroll along to a man-made reservoir. You will likewise encounter a boat ride, bullock truck ride, provincial vegetable development, paddy fields and delight in a real Sri Lankan lunch at a Village house.
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Pidurangala Monastery
Pidurangala Vihara is an old Buddhist sanctuary located in Pidurangala town of Matale District, Sri Lanka. The sanctuary was developed on an enormous rock called Pidurangala, which is situated in a couple of kilometers towards north of the historical fortress Sigiriya.
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Anuradhapura sacred city
Anuradhapura is the most important place to visit in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is a noteworthy city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, renowned for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization. Anuradhapura was the third capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara. The city is now an UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the centre of Theravada Buddhism for a long time. The city lies 205 km (127 mi) north of the present capital Colombo in the North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. It is one of the most oldest continuously possessed urban communities on the planet and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.It is trusted that from the fourth century BC until the start of the eleventh century AD it was the capital of the Sinhalese. During this period it stayed a standout amongst the steadiest and solid focuses of political power and urban life in South Asia. The old city, thought about holy to the Buddhist world, is today encompassed by religious communities covering a territory of more than sixteen square miles (40 km2).
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Isurumuniya
Isurumuniya is a Buddhist sanctuary arranged close to the Tissa Wewa (Tisa tank) in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. There are four carvings of unique enthusiasm for this Vihara. They are the Isurumuniya Lovers, Elephant Pond and The Royal Family. There is a viharaya associated with cave and above is a cliff. A little stupa is constructed on it. It can be seen that the constructional work of this stupa have a place with the present time frame. Drop down on the two sides of a split, in a rock that seems to ascend out of a pool, have been cut the figures of elephants. On the rock is carved the figure of a horse. The cutting of Isurumuniya lovers on the chunk has been brought from somewhere else and set it there.
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Avukana buddha statue
The Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha is close to Kekirawa in North Central Sri Lanka. The statue, which has a stature of more than 40 feet (12 m), was cut out of an extensive granite rock faced amid the fifth century. It portrays a variety of the Abhaya mudra, and the firmly worn robe is intricately carved. Built during the rule of Dhatusena, it might have been made because of an opposition between master and a student. The Avukana statue is extraordinary compared to other cases of a standing statue developed in ancient Sri Lanka. It is currently a well-known for tourist attraction. The Avukana statue is situated in the town of Avukana close to Kekirawa. It is near the Kala Wewa supply, and faces it.It was cut out of a granite rock face, yet isn't totally isolated. A thin piece of rock has been left at the back of the statue, interfacing it to the rock face and supporting it. However, the platform on which the Buddha stands, which is carved as a lotus blossom, was cut independently and situated under the statue. The statue alone is 38 feet 10 inches (11.84 m) in stature, and with the platform the aggregate tallness of the Avukana statue comes to 42 feet (13 m). The statue had been situated inside an expansive picture house or place of worship, of which parts of the walls still remain. The structure was made of block and rock, and was 74 feet (23 m) long and 63 feet (19 m) wide.
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Mihintale Monastery
Mihintale is a mountain top close to Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is accepted by Sri Lankans to be the site of a gathering between the Buddhist priest Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which introduced the nearness of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is currently an excursion site, and the site of a few religious landmarks and deserted structures.
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Hot Air Ballooning
If you are lucky enough to visit the beautiful island of Sri Lanka then you should take the opportunity to see the wondrous sights from the air starting from Kandalama, Dambulla in the Cultural Triangle. Flying over the jungle you may see elephants roaming freely, variety of birds, wild life, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees.
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