Tuesday, 29 October 2013

5 Amazing Places to Visit in Sri Lanka II

 5 Amazing Places to Visit in Sri Lanka


1. Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. Polonnaruwa today is a showcase of the great ancient Sri Lankan architecture dating back to 12th Century AD ,which was interwoven with many Buddhist monasteries and monuments which were built by the King Parakramabahu I. Later King Nissankamalla (1187-1196 AD ) from Kalinga dynasty also had contributed to the development of many buildings and monuments at Polonnaruwa.

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Awesome 60 ft. lying Buddha hewn out of the rock



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Gal Vihara seated Buddha, Polonnaruwa



2. Sacred City of Kandy

This sacred Buddhist site, popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, was the last capital of the Sinhala kings whose patronage enabled the Dinahala culture to flourish for more than 2,500 years until the occupation of Sri Lanka by the British in 1815. Scenically located right in the heart of the town of Kandy, the Temple of the Tooth is the prime monument and the most sacred shrine of Buddhism.

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Kandy Temple of the Tooth by McKay Savage



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Monkey In Temple Of Tooth In Kandy



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The Temple of Tooth Relic by Walter Wijenayake



3. Yala National Park

Yala National Park (also known as Ruhunu National Park) is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It is one of the best places for sightings of wild elephants in the park is home to many animals including buffaloes, leopards, monkeys, circles, crocodiles, wild boars and bears. The cat’s purr can be heard from a distance and is so soporific. They love to bask in the sun at the top of 30ft rocks and it’s breathtaking.

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Yala National Park



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Leopard , Yala National Park by Gérard Peeters



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Photo by Ian Mears



4. Galle

A continuous rampart, built by the Dutch from mid 17th century onwards and added to by the British, encircles the city, interrupted by 14 massive bastions. Unawatuna, less than 5km’s southward around the coast of Galle, is a beach resort waiting to happen. This 4km sweep of palm-fringed sand - said by some to rank amongst the twelve best beaches in the world. Attractions include sheltered waters for swimming, and an accessible, reasonably well-preserved coral reef for snorkeling.

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Galle Fort: 400 years worth of tales



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Unawatuna



5. Botanical Garden of Peradeniya
Boasting proud and long history, Peradeniya Gardens of Sri Lanka have gone through colonialism and industrial change and today continue to flourish, representing significant national asset for the country. Today it is home to more than 4000 species from all the corners of the world and boasts more than 300 varieties of orchids, palm trees, medical plants and spices.

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Peradeniya Gardens



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Botanical Garden of Peradeniya by Bernard Gagnon



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Botanical Garden of Peradeniya by Bernard Gagnon