Culture and Heritage
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Overview

Sri Lanka is a magical place. It is a paradise that nestles and nurtures many Cultural and Heritage sites strewn island wide. Sri Lanka is a nation with large and vast rich cultural diversity. The culture itself is authentic and unique, contributing to the country’s identity and diverse hereditary backdrop. Sri Lankan culture despite its hospitable traits incorporates a range of ancient customs and traditional rituals, some even dating back beyond 2000 years which have been passed down from one generation to the next.

Sri Lanka is home to 8 Heritage Sites declared by UNESCO, and it features archaic ruins, sacred temples and shrines to timeless engineering constructs which are regarded as monuments today. You will find that Lankan culture and heritage are often fused and intertwined, where religion, art, music, architecture, sculptures, customs and even food have its roots based in the early influences of Indian and European origin. 

Sri Maha Vihara
Anuradhapura Buddha Statue
Temple in Sri Lanka
Gangaramaya Temple
Tour
Day 01: Airport | Colombo
Airport – Negombo: 35 minutes
Transfer to Colombo. A Tour of the City. A visit to the National Museum of Colombo. Thereafter, transfer to your hotel.
Overnight stay at your Hotel
Day 02: Colombo | Negombo | Chilaw | Anuradhapura
Colombo - Negombo: 40 minutes
Negombo – Chilaw: 1 ½ hours
Chilaw – Anuradhapura: 3 hours
Sightseeing Negombo including the Fish Market. Thereafter proceed to Anuradhapura via Chilaw visiting the Munnesvaram Hindu Temple. You will continue to Anuradhapura and visit the Isurumuniya Temple.
Overnight stay at your Hotel
Day 03: Anuradhapura | Jaffna
Anuradhapura – Jaffna: 4 hours
Discover the marvelous ancient city of Anuradhapura (UNESCO heritage site) • Sacred Bo Tree – The oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. • Samadhi Statue of the Buddha. • Abhayagiri & Jethawanaramaya Dagobas. • Moonstone carvings & twin ponds. • The Brazen Place & Ruwanweliseya Dagoba. • Museum. Thereafter you shall proceed to Jaffna.
Overnight stay at your Hotel
Day 04: Jaffna
Jaffna
Visit to Kantarodai Buddhist Temple, Tobacco Plantations, Dambukola Patuna and thereafter be taken to the Keerimale Maha Shiva Hindu Temple. In the afternoon you will experience Jaffna including a visit to Portuguese and Dutch Fortresses, Old-Park and the ruins of the British barrack (quartier), the Jaffna Library, St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Nallur Kandhaswamy temple.
Overnight stay at your Hotel
Day 05: Jaffna | Trincomalee
Jaffna – Trincomalee: 4 hours
Journey to the furthest northern point in Sri Lanka, Point Pedro and drive to the beautiful city of Trincomalee.
PM: Sightseeing of Trincomalee will also include visiting the Koneshwaran Hindu temple, you will enjoy a Tuk Tuk ride & have an opportunity to see Fort Frederick. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Overnight stay at your Hotel
Day 06: Trincomalee | Polonnaruwa | Minneriya | Habarana
Trincomalee – Habarana
Visit the archaeological museum & the medieval capital Polonnaruwa (UNESCO heritage site), where you will witness an intriguing fusion of South Indian Hindu culture with Sinhalese Buddhist art and architecture. You will see sculptures at the “Galvihare” and view the giant “Parakrama Samudra” reservoir which spans 6000 acres. Thereafter, visit a wood carving factory and a rice mill where a demonstration regarding rice production will be made (during harvesting period).
PM: Safari in Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park.
Overnight stay at your Hotel
Day 07: Habarana | Hiriwaduna | Sigiriya | Habarana
Habarana – Hiriwaduna
Habarana – Sigiriya
PM: Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (Lion Rock) built in the 5th century. The magnificent Fortress built on a 600ft rock column will leave you awestruck. Witness the water garden, audience hall, and cobra hood, preaching rock, pretty frescoes and a boulder garden which are well preserved and sights to behold even today.
Overnight stay at your Hotel
Day 08: Habarana | Dambulla | Matale | Kandy
Habarana – Dambulla
Dambulla – Matale
Matale – Kandy
PM: When you reach the sacred City of Kandy (a UNESCO Heritage Site) you can visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic during the transpiring religious ceremony.
Overnight stay at your Hotel
Day 09: Kandy | Peradeniya | Kandy
Kandy – Peradeniya
After breakfast visit the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya in a Tuk-Tuk adjacent to the prestigious Peradeniya University. You will be ushered to Kandy for sightseeing, enjoy a walk around the lake, and visit a local gem centre where clients will be given a thorough demonstration of gem cutting, polishing etc.
PM: You will continue your tour of Kandy City, experience the Upper Lake Drive to view the Kandy Lake in all its glory & witness an authentic Kandyan dance performance.
Overnight stay at your Hotel
Day 10: Kandy | Galle
Kandy – Galle
Drive to Galle. You will visit the Galle town including the Dutch Fort (a UNESCO Heritage Site) & enjoy a walk along the Ramparts and market place.
Accommodation
Uga Bay by Uga Escapes - Passikudah
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Kandy House - Kandy
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Galle Fort Hotel - Galle
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Cinnamon Lodge - Habarana
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Cinnamon Citadel - Kandy
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Santani Wellness Resort & Spa - Kandy
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Hotel Sigiriya - Sigiriya
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Sigiriya Water Garden - Sigiriya
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Belilena
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Towering over the World Heritage city Kandy, this huge statue of Lord Buddha seems to grace Kandy with a beatific quality. Built in 1972, the ...

Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue
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One of the jewels of Sri Lanka’s eastern coast, Trincomalee has long been sought after by navies around the world. This deep natural harbour is ...

Trincomalee Harbour
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Sithulpawwa Temple
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Also located in Tissamaharama’s monastic complex, the Yatala Shrine is an ancient stupa built 2300 years ago by King Yatalatissa. Surrounded by sculpted elephant heads ...

Yatala Shrine and Menik Temple
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Located in the Tissamaharama District in Sri Lanka’s southern coast, the Sandagiri Vehera Temple is a monastic complex whose history dates back to 200 BCE. ...

Sandagiri Vehera Temple
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The legend of Robin Hood, the vigilante who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, has a Sri Lankan variant; Utuwankande Sura Saradiel’s ...

Saradiel Village
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Sri Lanka’s proto-history stretches back to around 40,000 BCE before the island’s pre and recorded history began around 400 BCE. During this point an array ...

Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
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Sri Lanka’s appeal to visitors stretches back to the first written records as well penetrating the mists of pre-history and even mythology. It is in ...

Seetha Amman Temple
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This stone temple, located close to the hill country town of Matale (which is in itself located an hour away from Kandy, dates back possibly ...

Nalanda Gedige
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Even though Sri Lanka is predominantly Buddhist, part of its timeless charm is its religious diversity. Catholicism and Christianity also play a major role in ...

St. Anne’s Church
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Kalpitiya has always had a magnetic appeal to visitors. During colonial times, the Portuguese first and then the Dutch saw the area as a key ...

Kalpitiya Dutch Reformed Church
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This 30 m tall statue of Lord Buddha facing the ocean is a memorial in the name of the more than 2000 victims who died ...

Tsunami Honganji Vihara
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When in Hikkaduwa or visiting the southern coast of Sri Lanka, it is hard to imagine that it was the sight of unprecedented damage in ...

Community Tsunami Museum
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Located inside the southern town of Matara, the Matara Star Fort was constructed by Dutch in 1765 and was originally called Redoute Van Eck. Built ...

Matara Star Fort
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This mythical mountain, another supposed remnant from The Ramayana, offers Galle’s most panoramic view. The Rumassala Kanda (Kanda is Sinhala for Mountain or Hill) is ...

Rumassala Kanda
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Located in Tangalle, an important coastal outpost for the Dutch keen to protect their strategic interests from other European colonial powers, this fort is unique ...

Tangalle Dutch Fort
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Mulkirigala Raja Maha Vihara
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A prime example of early Sri Lankan architecture, the Maduwanwela Walawwa is located to Ratnapura, the city of gems. This family home can be traced ...

Maduwanwela Walawwa
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Katuwana Fort
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Ratnapura Gems
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Built in 1667, the Kalpitiya Dutch Fort was a strategically placed fort by the Dutch to take control of the spice trade in Sri Lanka. ...

Kalpitiya Dutch Fort
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Batticaloa Dutch Fort
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Dating back to the 3rd century B.C.E., Dighavapi is an ancient Buddhist shrine and an archaeological site. Located 20km east of Ampara, ...

Dighavapi
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Lankapatuna is an important site for Sri Lankan Buddhists. This area, 52km south of Trincomalee, is where the Prince Dantha and Princess Hemamala brought the ...

Lankapatuna
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A burst of colour in Trincomalee town, the Pathirakali Amman Temple was originally part of the Koneswaram temple-city. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu ...

Pathirakali Amman Temple
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Fort Fredrick is originally a Portuguese built fort, taken over by the Dutch and then the British in Trincomalee. The fort sits atop Swami Rock, ...

Fort Fredrick
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Located 47km north of Trincomalee lies the first Buddhist temple and stupa in Sri Lanka, and some even claim the world. Locally named Girihandu Seya, ...

Thiriyaya Temple
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Trincomalee War Cemetery
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Saseruwa
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Point Pedro
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Just a short walk out of Galle Fort, the gorgeous St. Mary’s Cathedral sits atop a small hill in Galle town. Built in 1874, this ...

St. Mary’s Cathedral
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Jaffna Library
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A small, unassuming town in the Jaffna District, Nilavarai’s Bottomless Well is a hidden gem. Quite literally the colour of topaz, the Bottomless Well is ...

Nilavarai Bottomless Well
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Sinharaja Forest
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Sigiriya
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Keerimalai Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and brings devotees and visitors from all over the world to this northern area of the ...

Keerimalai Temple & Springs
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Dambulla
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Kandy
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This ancient Buddhist temple is one of the few Buddhist sites in the northern Jaffna peninsula. While the temple no longer exists, the 20 stupas ...

Kadurugoda Temple
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Sitting on the Jaffna coastline, Dambakola Patuna is one of the key Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka. This is the site where King Ashoka’s daughter, ...

Dambakola Patuna
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Galle
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The Jaffna Dutch Fort was at one point one of the largest forts in Sri Lanka. Built by the Portuguese in 1619, it was then ...

Jaffna Dutch Fort
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Anuradhapura
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Red Mosque
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Kataragama Temple is one of the only religious sites in Sri Lanka that draws Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and Vedda pilgrims. The temple is dedicated to ...

Kataragama Temple
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Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara is one of the preeminent temples for Buddhists in Sri Lanka and across the region. It is one the four major ...

Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
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Nelum Pokuna means lotus pond, and the Colombo-based theatre is built to resemble the famous eight petaled lotus pond in Polonnaruwa. The Nelum Pokuna theatre ...

Nelum Pokuna Theatre & Art Street
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Sitting high about the Colombo Harbour, looking precarious on two interlocking arches, is the Sambodhi Chaitya. This Buddhist shrine is in the shape of a ...

Sambodhi Chaithya
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Across from Galle Face Green sits the Old Parliament Building. Built in 1930 by the British, and opened by the Governor at the time, Sri ...

Old Parliament Building
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Named by the Dutch, who mistakenly thought the roaming jackals in the area were wolves, this church sits in what is now the heart of ...

Wolvendaal Church
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Martin Wickramasinghe is one of Sir Lanka’s most well-known authors and considered the father of modern Sinhala literature. His books delved into the lives of ...

Martin Wickramasinghe Museum
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Buduruvagala is located just 6.5km southwest of Wellawaya and is home to the largest statues of Lord Buddha in Sri Lanka. Including 6 more ...

Buduruvagala
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Lankathilake Gadaladeniya and Embekke Temples
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The Aluvihare Rock Temple is located 3.5km from Matale, in the ancient town of Aluvihare. Founded in the 3rd century B.C.E. by ...

Aluvihare
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Spice Gardens
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Yapahuwa
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Just 16km from Sigiriya Rock, visitors can immerse themselves in a truly Sri Lankan experience by visiting Hiriwadunna Village. The village allows visitors a peek ...

Hiriwadunna Village
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Located near the northernmost tip of Sri Lanka, on the Palk Strait, the Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati. This site ...

Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Temple
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Nagadeepa Temple
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Ketheeswaram Temple
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Located just 1.2km northeast of Mannar Town, in Pallimunai, this Baobab Tree is thought to have been planted by Arabic traders around 700 years ...

700 Year Old Baobab Tree
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Hamilton Canal has been one of the major waterways in Sri Lanka, connecting Puttalam to Colombo through Negombo. Early uses of the canal were to ...

Hamilton Canal
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Negombo Fish Market
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A hallowed religious site, the Kelaniya Temple sits just 11km from Colombo, in the town of Kelaniya. According the Buddhist belief, this temple sits where ...

Ancient Kelaniya Temple
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Gangaramaya Temple - Seema Malaka
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Sitting in the middle of a sprawling green lawn, the Colombo National Museum is housed in a huge 19th century Italian-style building. Founded by the ...

Colombo National Museum
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This 17th century Dutch colonial-style building is believed to be the oldest building in Colombo’s Fort neighbourhood. Built in 1681, the Dutch Hospital served Dutch ...

Old Dutch Hospital Complex
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Galle Dutch Fort & Galle Harbour
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Mihintale
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Adam’s Peak
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Just 5 km from beautiful Nuwara Eliya, is Sita Eliya, a place shrouded in and mythology. According to the Hindu epic, Ramayana, Sita was a ...

Sita Eliya
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Independence Square
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The Nallur Kovil (temple), dedicated to the Hindu Lord Murugan, is one of the most famous Hindu sites in Sri Lanka, and a short 3 ...

Nallur Kovil
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Ritigala
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Ceylon Tea Museum
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Arugam Bay
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Weligama
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Anuradhapura
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Le Musée du thé de Ceylan
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Ritigala
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Le Nallur Kovil (temple), dédié au Seigneur hindou Murugan, est l'un des sites hindous les plus célèbres du Sri Lanka, et à 3 km de ...

Le temple d’Hindou-Nallur
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La place de l'Indépendance
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À seulement 5 km de la belle Nuwara Eliya, se trouve Sita Eliya, un lieu enveloppé de mythologie. Selon l'épopée hindoue Ramayana, Sita était une ...

Sita Eliya
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Adam’s Peak
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Mihintale
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Ce bâtiment de style colonial néerlandais du XVIIe siècle serait le plus ancien bâtiment du quartier de Fort de Colombo. Construit en 1681, l'hôpital hollandais ...

“Old Dutch Hospital Complex” de Colombo
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Colombo Musée national, c’est le grand musée du Sri Lanka. Il fut inauguré en 1877, il est logé dans un élégant bâtiment colonial impressionnant au ...

Le Musée National de Colombo
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Le temple Gangaramaya - Seema Malaka
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L'ancienne Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya, située à 10 Kms de Colombo. Ce temple est construit le long de la rivière Kelaniya et est l’un des ...

Le temple de Kelaniya
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Le marché aux poissons à Negombo
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Le canal de Hamilton a été l'une des principales voies navigables du Sri Lanka, reliant Puttalam à Colombo via Negombo. Les premières utilisations du canal ...

Canal Hamilton
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Situé à seulement 1,2 km au nord-est de la ville de Mannar, à Pallimunai, ce baobab aurait été planté par des commerçants arabes il y ...

L’arbre Baobab plus de 700 ans
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Le temple Ketheeswaram
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Le temple Nagadeepa
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Situé près de la pointe nord du Sri Lanka, sur le détroit de Palk, le temple Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman est dédié à la déesse Parvati. ...

Le temple Nainativu Nagapooshani Amman Temple
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Il est situé à 2km (5 minutes de la ville d’Habarana) sur un lac artificiel, où ses villageois vaquent à leurs occupations quotidiennes. La randonnée ...

L'excursion au Village-Hiriwaduna
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Yapahuwa
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Les Jardin d’épices
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Située à 26 kms de Kandy, à Matale subsiste le temple constitué de grottes antiques, Aluvihara, qui est d'une grande importance dans l'histoire du bouddhisme. ...

Aluvihare un Temple dans les Rochers
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Les temples Lankathilake, Gadaladeniya, et Embekke
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Buduruvagala est située à seulement 6,5 km au sud-ouest de Wellawaya et abrite les plus grandes statues du Seigneur Bouddha au Sri Lanka. Comprenant 6 ...

Buduruvagala
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Le temple de Kataragama est l'un des seuls sites religieux au Sri Lanka qui attire des pèlerins bouddhistes, hindous, musulmans et Vedda. Le temple est ...

Le temple de Kataragama
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Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara est l'un des temples prééminents pour les bouddhistes au Sri Lanka et dans la région. C'est l'un des quatre principaux monastères ...

Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
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Martin Wickramasinghe est l'un des auteurs les plus connus de Sir Lanka et considéré comme le père de la littérature cinghalaise moderne. Ses livres se ...

Le musée de Martin Wickramasinghe
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Nommée par les Hollandais, qui pensaient à tort que les chacals errants dans la région étaient des loups, cette église se trouve dans ce qui ...

L'église Wolvendaal
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En face de Galle Face Green se trouve l'ancien bâtiment du Parlement. Construit en 1930 par les Britanniques et inauguré par le gouverneur de l'époque, ...

Ancien bâtiment du Parlement
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Assis haut sur le port de Colombo, à la recherche de précarité sur deux arcs entrelacés, est le Stupa- Sambodhi. Ce sanctuaire bouddhiste a la ...

Le Stupa Sambodhi
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Nelum Pokuna signifie étang de lotus, et le théâtre basé à Colombo est construit pour ressembler au célèbre étang de lotus à huit pétales de ...

Le Theatre-Nelum Pakuna et le boulevard d’artisans
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Red Mosque (La mosque Rouge)
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Le fort hollandais de Jaffna était à un moment donné l'un des plus grands forts du Sri Lanka. Construit par les Portugais en 1619, il ...

Le Fort du Jaffna
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Situé sur la côte de Jaffna, Dambakola Patuna est l'un des principaux sites bouddhistes du Sri Lanka. C'est le site où la fille du roi ...

Dambakola Patuna
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Cet ancien temple bouddhiste est l'un des rares sites bouddhistes de la péninsule nord de Jaffna. Bien que le temple n'existe plus, les 20 stupas ...

Le temple de Kadurugoda
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Le temple Keerimalai est dédié au dieu hindou Shiva et amène des passionnés et des visiteurs du monde entier dans cette zone nord de la ...

Temple de Keeramalai
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Petite ville sans prétention du district de Jaffna, le puits sans fond de Nilavarai est un joyau caché. Littéralement de la couleur de la topaze, ...

Nilavarai Bottomless Well
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La Bibliothèque de Jaffna
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À quelques pas du fort de Galle, la magnifique cathédrale Sainte-Marie se trouve au sommet d'une petite colline dans la ville de Galle. Construite en ...

Cathédrale Sainte-Marie
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Point Pedro
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Saseruwa
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Cimetière de guerre de Trincomalee
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Situé à 47 km au nord de Trincomalee se trouve le premier temple bouddhiste et stupa au Sri Lanka, et certains prétendent même le monde. ...

Le Temple Thiriyaya
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Fort Fredrick est à l'origine un fort construit portugais, repris par les Hollandais puis les Britanniques à Trincomalee. Le fort se trouve au sommet de ...

Le Fort Fredrick
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Un éclat de couleur dans la ville de Trincomalee, le temple Pathirakali Amman faisait à l'origine partie de la ville-temple de Koneswaram. Le temple est ...

Temple - Pathirakali Amman
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Lankapatuna est un site important pour les bouddhistes sri-lankais. Cette zone, à 52 km au sud de Trincomalee, est l'endroit où le prince Dantha et ...

Lankapatuna
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Datant du IIIe siècle avant notre ère, Dighavapi est un ancien sanctuaire bouddhiste et un site archéologique. Situé à 20 km à l'est d'Ampara, Dighavapi ...

Dighavapi
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Fort néerlandais de Batticaloa
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Construit en 1667, le fort hollandais de Kalpitiya était un fort stratégiquement placé par les Hollandais pour prendre le contrôle du commerce des épices au ...

Fort néerlandais de Kalpitiya
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Les Pierres de Précieuses de Ratnapura
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Fort Katuwana
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Un excellent exemple de l'architecture sri-lankaise ancienne, le Maduwanwela Walawwa est situé à Ratnapura, la ville des joyaux. Cette maison familiale remonte au Sri Lanka ...

Maduwanwela Walawwa
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Mulkirigala Raja Maha Vihara
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Situé à Tangalle, un avant-poste côtier important pour les Hollandais désireux de protéger leurs intérêts stratégiques des autres puissances coloniales européennes, ce fort est unique ...

Tangalle Dutch Fort
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Quand à Hikkaduwa ou en visitant la côte sud du Sri Lanka, il est difficile d'imaginer que c'était la vue de dommages sans précédent en ...

Musée communautaire du tsunami
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Cette montagne mythique, un autre supposé vestige du Ramayana, offre la vue la plus panoramique de Galle. Le Rumassala Kanda (Kanda est le cinghalais pour ...

La montagne - Rummassala
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Galle
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Kandy
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Dambulla
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Sigiriya
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La Foret de Sinharaja
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