Category Archives: Sri Lanka Travel

Sri Lankan Cultural Dance

Sri Lankan cultural dance is a mixture of folk dances, storytelling, and acrobatics. Often props such as baskets, sticks, or tambourines are used; masks may be worn (especially with the devil dances); and an aspect of daily life or mythology … Continue reading

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Nuwara Eliah and Ella

Nuwara Eliah and Ella are cities in the south central part of Sri Lanka known for their beautiful landscape of mountains, forests, and waterfalls. Nuwara Eliah is additionally known for its tea plantations and by the nickname “Little England” for … Continue reading

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Kandy: Temple of the Tooth

Kandy is a beautiful lake city in central Sri Lanka. It was the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings from 1469 to 1815. Today, Kandy is perhaps best known for the Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka’s main Buddhist … Continue reading

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Dambulla: The Cave Temple

The Golden Temple at Dambulla, in the center of Sri Lanka, includes an amazing collection of 153 buddha statues and 2100 sq. meters of wall and ceiling murals. The complex of five caves dates from the 1st century BCE, but … Continue reading

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Sigiriya: The Rock Fortress

Sigiriya, in the center of Sri Lanka, is known for its rock fortress with fresco paintings. It was built by King Kashyapa in the 5th century, but left to monks to be used as a Buddhist monastery for 900 years … Continue reading

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Polonnarawa: The Second Capital

Polonnarawa was the second capital of Sri Lanka from 1070 to 1310. Foreign trade was important, Hindu temples emerged, and irrigation systems were further developed. Photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wniwm5jdmlbnkz6/-WUJsCrrE0

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Anuradhapura: The First Capital

Anuradhapura, in the north central part of the country, was the first capital of Sri Lanka from 377 BC to 1017 AD. Buddhism was important, agriculture was the foundation, and irrigation systems were created to support the crops, especially rice. … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka Introduction

Lush, green, tropical Sri Lanka is an interesting mix of Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim cultures coexisting together. At the entrance to each city, a statue of Buddha welcomes. Within, Hindu temples and Muslim mosques are often found. Christians, mostly Roman … Continue reading

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