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Sri Lanka Balloon Dambulla Golden Temple

Sri Lanka Things To Do and See #1
Dambulla

Dambulla is a big town, located in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, located 148 km north-east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. The Golden Temple a few Kilometers south of the market town of Dambulla. As is its most famous and spectacular and the temple is in a cave under a range of granite hillocks which rise 160 meters above the surrounding plains.

One of the major attractions of the area is Hot Air Balloon Ride. Contact Lanka Ballooning Pvt Ltd, it should be on the top of your Sri Lanka Things To Do list. Then visiting the largest and best conserved Cave Temple Complex of Sri Lanka, and the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.

More or less at the heart of the Cultural Triangle, the dusty little town of Dambulla is famous for its remarkable cave temples. Five magical, dimly lit grottoes crammed with statues and decorated with some of the finest murals in the country, offering a picture-perfect snapshot of Sinhalese Buddhist art at its finest.

Dambulla stands at an important junction of the Colombo–Trincomalee and Kandy–Anuradhapura roads. And is a convenient base for exploring the area.

The town itself is one of the least attractive in the region. The centre is marked by the usual clocktower. North of which stretches the main run of shops, housed in a dispiriting string of ugly modern concrete buildings. To the south of the clocktower lies the town’s bus stand, an anarchic wholesale market and, further south, most of its guesthouses.

Dambulla’s cave temples are cut out of an enormous granite outcrop that rises more than 160m above the surrounding countryside. And offers majestic views across the plains of the dry zone as far as Sigiriya, over 20km distant.

Sri Lanka Things To Do and See #2 Sigiriya

Sri Lanka Balloon Ride Sigiriya

Around 15km northeast of Dambulla, the spectacular citadel of Sigiriya rises sheer and impregnable out of the denuded plains of the dry zone. Sitting atop a huge outcrop of gneiss rock towering 200m above the surrounding countryside. The shortest-lived but the most extraordinary of all Sri Lanka’s medieval capitals. Sigiriya (“Lion Rock”) was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982. And is the country’s most memorable single attraction – a remarkable archeological site made unforgettable by its dramatic setting.

Sri Lanka Things To Do Sigiriya

Sigiriya Lion Rock

You’ll need two or three hours to explore Sigiriya Rock. Tt’s best to visit in the early morning (recommended Balloon Ride on your first morning). Or late afternoon, when the crowds are less dense and the temperature is cooler. Late afternoon also brings out the rock’s extraordinary ochre colouration, like a kind of Asian Ayers Rock. The site is best avoided at weekends (especially Sunday) and on public holidays, when its narrow staircases and walkways can become unbearably congested. As one the major places of Sri Lanka Things To do, the ascent of the rock is a stiff climb but less gruelling than you might imagine when standing at the bottom of the towering cliff-face. And sufferers from vertigo might find some sections unpleasant.

Since the Lion Rock is an archeological site, the government does not allow balloon flights in Sigiriya. But rarely, if the wind takes us to Sigiriya, we can see the Lion Rock from afar. Sample pictures on instagram.com/srilankaballoon

Sri Lanka Things To Do and See #3 Polonnaruwa

Sri Lanka Things To Do Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms. Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader.

The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site. That should be one of major places to visit on your Sri Lanka Things To Do list. Currently the new Polonnaruwa is under going a major development project. Known as the “Awakening of Polonnaruwa” under the concept of President Maithripala Sirisena. It envisions the development of all sectors in Polonnaruwa including roads, electricity, agriculture, education, health and environment will be developed comprehensively

Sri Lanka Things To Do #4 Anuradhapura

Sri Lanka Things To Do Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is a major 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, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. Anuradhapura should be in your Sri Lanka Things To Do list.

It was the third capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara. The city, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. The city lies 205 km north of the current capital Colombo. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. It is believed that from the fourth century BC until the beginning of the 11th century AD it was the capital of the Sinhalese. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world. It is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles