World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka
World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka Reviews
Must See World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka May 19, 2008
Out of Seven properties of Sri Lanka that have been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage I have managed to visit 3 places on my trip to Sri Lanka 2008. They are the ancient city of POLONNARUWA,the sacred city of ANURADHAPURA & KANDY.
My first place visited was The Sri Dalada Maligawa or The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (the only surviving relic of Buddha, a tooth). According to tradition, a tooth of Buddha is kept here. The tooth is said to be saved from his funeral pyre, in the 6th century BC.So Kandy is a very popular and busy pilgrimage site for Asian Buddhists.
The annual grand parade or processing in July/August is an unforgettable event, not found in other part of the world.Sri Lankan Dancers in traditional gears performing traditional dance and music in acrobatic movement to entertain bystanders and a platoon of elephants carrying Buddha tooth is truly eye-opening experience.
I missed that parade this time because I went on wrong time.
After we visited Kandy we went to Anuradhapura 205Km north of the current capital city Colombo and is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka.And it is world famous for its well preserved ruins of the Great Sri Lankan Civilization.
We stayed two nights in Anuradhapura visiting Sacred Bo Tree which is believed to be a sapling of the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhi Gaya in India. The tree is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world.
The Ruwanweli Seya (Great Stupa) which was built by King Dutugamunu in the 2nd Century BC. It is a dagaba consisting of a dome top with a pinnacle, standing on a square base. Its shape was inspired by a water bubble floating on water. Within the dome is a chamber containing sacred relics of the Buddha.
After visiting Anuradhapur we went to visit ancient city of Polonnaruwa(11th -12th century AD).Which lies 216 km northeast of current capital city Colombo.Within the limited time we managed to visit the Gal Viharaya (rock temple) and the statue of one of Polonnaruwa's great kings, Parakramabahu which are a few of this capital's memorable sights.
Amazing Gal Vihara (rock temple) was constructed in Polonnaruwa in the 12th century by Parakramabahu the Great.Four large statues of the Buddha, which were carved into the face of a granite boulder by Parakramabahu's architects. These include a recumbent statue of the Buddha measuring 46 ft. and a standing statue which is 23 ft. in height.
If you are planing to visit Sri Lanka these are few must see historical sites I recommend.I'm sure you will be amaze by ancient work and worth every penny you spend to experience these sites.
Part of the list UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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