1 Dambulla

The rock temples of Dambulla are a veritable Aladdin’s cave of Buddhist art, packed with hundreds of statues and decorated with the finest murals in the country.

2 Sigiriya

The spectacular rock outcrop of Sigiriya was the site of Sri Lanka’s most remarkable royal capital and palace, complete with water gardens, paintings of celestial nymphs, 1300-year-old graffiti and the paws of a giant lion statue.

3 “The Gathering”, Minneriya National Park

Asia’s largest gathering of wild elephants, as three hundred or more pachyderms congregate at the retreating waters of the Minneriya Tank during the northern dry season.

4 Polonnaruwa

This ruined city preserves an outstanding collection of ancient monuments, testifying to its brief but brilliant period as the island’s capital.

5 Anuradhapura

The ruins of the ancient city of Anuradhapura remain one of the island’s most compelling historical sites, as well as a major place of Buddhist pilgrimage.

6 Mihintale

Revered as the place where Buddhism was introduced to the island, Mihintale boasts an interesting collection of religious monuments scattered across a beautiful hilltop location.

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