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Cultural Heritage

Sri Lanka’s rich historical and cultural heritage covers more than 2,000 years. Known as the "resplendent land” in the ancient Indian epic
Ramayana, the island has numerous other references that testify to the island's natural beauty and wealth. Eight sites of Sri Lanka have been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage,

Sri Dalada Maligawa:

Adorning the hill capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy, is the most sacred Buddhist Temple, Sri Dalada Maligawa. Enshrined therein is the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha which is venerated by the Buddhists around the globe who visit the temple in thousands to pay their homage.  

Sigiriya:

Considered by some as the eighth wonder of the world, Sigiriya consists of an ancient castle built by King Kasyapa of the 4th century AD. Rising approximately 1214 Feet above Sea Level, this magnificent rock is renowned for its ancient paintings reminiscent of the Ajantha Caves of India.

Some of the other significant places of cultural heritage are ancient cities of
Anuradhapura,Polonnaruwa and Dambulla.