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Breathtakingly, Dambulla. – Travel Sri Lanka

Standing proudly at a high ascension in the central hills of tropical Sri Lanka, with blue skies and a blissful sun that warms you up, Dambulla is one of the most historical and architecturally advanced places in the country. Enriched with history, Dambulla is home to rich Theravada Buddhism, and therefore it’s adorned with many temples and cave aramas (stay-in temples). With breathtaking paintings that awes you for its intricate nature, vibrant colors with in-built dagobas, it’s definitely home to Sri Lankan artistry.

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla has a rich history that runs back to as early as the prehistoric period. With the findings of the Ibbankatuwa Prehistoric burial site near Dambulla, analysis shows that this place had been occupied long before the arrival of Buddhism. There’s been more evidence of a stable civilization that was backed by agriculture.

Dambulla-Rock temple

Dambulla-Rock temple

It also gives evidence to being inhibited as early as the 3rd century BC. The creatively built statues and paintings that adorn the caves are said to date back to the 1st century BC. It’s also found out that some of these paintings and statues were repaired and repainted in the 11th, 12th and 18th century AD.

Dambulla-caves

Dambulla-caves

The history trial leads to King Walagamba who was escaping the Cholas who occupied the country after a war, had found refuge in these temples by the Buddhist monks who were meditating in these caves. After regaining the throne in Anuradhapura, he erected magnificent, iconic rock temples to offer his gratitude to the monks in Dambulla. With these incredible historical monuments standing proud, you can visit Dambulla, Sri Lanka and take an adventure back to historical times!

Weather and Distance to Dambulla

Dambulla is blessed with a warm sun that shines bright at most times. There are times for summer showers that fall, but mostly it’s very sunny! You’ll love the tropical feels!

Route from Colombo to Dambulla

Route from Colombo to Dambulla

Dambulla stands 148 kid away from the current capital, Colombo, and 72kms away from Kandy, the central province.

Sights in Dambulla

  1. Visit the Royal Rock Temple

History running back to the times of King Walagamba, (Vattagamani Abaya) this iconic, mind blowing creation lies in a high ascension, with a panoramic view. This temple was erected by the King, and he has had the interior of the caves carved into majestic rock temples. This is home to the cave temples and is visited by tourists and locals. It’s a very spiritually cleansing place and also a very beautiful place.

Rock temple. Dambulla

Rock temple. Dambulla

  1. Dambulla Cave Temples

The five beautiful caves (shrines) in Dambulla are adorned by statues of the Lord Buddha and various venerable personalities according to Buddhist faith. There are 150 Buddha images. These caves are intricately decorated with immaculate paintings that are of different influences and time periods. The sculptures and the architectural standpoint of these caves are incredible, and the craftsmanship is highly reflected.

  1. Cave No.1 (Deva Raja Viharaya)

Known as the temple of the King of Gods for it’s believed that the Sakka (King among Gods) helped with the final touches for this cave, it has the image of the Parinibbana (the last moment) of the Lord Buddha. The technique that’s been used for this is elaborate and there’s extreme attention to detail that is simply is breathtaking. There are ceiling paintings that are now quite damaged due to incense but you can still see traces.

Deva Raja Vihara

Deva Raja Vihara

  1. Cave No.2 (Maha Raja Viharaya)

This is the most impressive and the largest standing caves with an archway at the opening portal, with guardians of stone. This is known as the Maha Raja Viharaya because of the Vattagamani Abaya Kings influence.

Cave temple No.1

Cave temple No.1

The cave is vibrantly painted across 172 feet. There are 53 images of the Buddha, each slightly different from the other.

The main center of it is the standing Buddha with the abaya mudra exuding loving kindness to all.

  1. Cave No.3 (Maha Aluth Viharaya)

The Great New Temple was erected in the temples of King Kirti Sri Rajasinga with new paintings and renovations. The cave is about 90 feet long, 81 feet wide, and is decorated with vibrant colors of frescoes of numerous Buddhist events. The tradition of art which is of the Kandyan period.

Cave No.3

Cave No.3

  1. Cave No.4 (Paschima Viharaya)

The fourth temple is about 54 feet long and 26 wide with 10 statutes of the Buddha. The figure of the Buddha in the dhyana position reflects the fine preservation and brilliant skills.

Cave No,4

Cave No,4

  1. Cave No.5

The end of the great caves, this possesses beautiful paintings and statues that adorn the place as well. The influence is derived from the Kandyan period is artistically displayed.

Cave No.5

Cave No.5

 

  1. Visit the Dambulla Museum

With paintings and preserved artifacts that you’d be amazed to see, you can visit the museum to see witness the past. With findings about the prehistoric times as well as the latter part of the Kingdoms of Sri Lanka, Dambulla museum is a very interesting place to visit! You’ll learn so much and it’ll be a new enriching experience!

  1. Visit the Rose Quartz Mountain Range!

Looking for an adventurous hike?! Well, you can visit South Asia’s largest Rose Quartz mountain range. Renowned as a world heritage site, it has 7 beautiful mountains of rose hold. The beauty of these Quartz Mountains is accentuated with misty films that surround them in a pink glow. It’s also said that Emperor Shah Jahan imported these rose quartz for the incredible monument, Taj Mahal.

Rose Quartz Mountains, Dambulla

Rose Quartz Mountains, Dambulla

  1. The Golden Temple

Yes, this is a temple of gold. With statutes of gold, this place is a must-see! It has a Buddhist statue in the dhammachakra mudra and the architectural designs and paintings are of modern design. You can compare and contrast the different if you make your trip here!

Golden temple, Dambulla

Golden temple, Dambulla

 

Where to stay in Dambulla

Dambulla offers a number of accommodation options to suit you! With great hotels and resorts in the area, you can choose whatever you like. From as low 10$ to 5 star hotels ready to accommodate you, it’s your choice to suit your budget!

Kandalama, Dambulla

Kandalama, Dambulla

 

Food

Dambulla offers authentic Sri Lankan food enriched with spices and incredible flavor you’ll fall in love with! You’ll definitely want to take the recipe home!

Food- Sri Lankan

Food- Sri Lankan

Dambulla is a place you must visit to see the grandeur of Sri Lankan culture and heritage. Do visit this place and gain experience like no other! Visit Sri Lanka today!

Want a more tropical adventure? Try Nilaveli, Sri Lanka!

 

Kandy – The Last Royal Capital

Sapphire blue sky, cool breeze that flies from the mountainous terrain, traditional drums playing in reverence of the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Lord Buddha highlights the breathtaking beauty of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Standing proudly surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests, Kandy is the proud central province of the country. The Kandy Lake adds this serene beauty to the hill-country as it stands framing the architectural beauty, the Royal palace which is now the Temple of the Tooth Relic.

Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Kandy was the last capital of the Ancient Sri Lanka, and is known for its beauty and hospitality. The Royal Gardens adorn the place, with efflorescent blooms that fall on to the path, inviting you in. With scented petals and intricate designs, this is a very famous tourist destination.

 

Weather and Distance to Kandy

Kandy is has a cool climate in contrast to most other places in the country, but it has the blissful sun shining as well. Kandy offers some great deal of tourist accommodations as well.

Kandy city

Renowned as the religious capital, as it serves as the pinnacle of Buddhist veneration. The Temple of the Tooth Relic attracts thousands of tourists.

Map-Colombo to Sri Lanka
Kandy, the hill country stands 114 km away from the current capital, Colombo. It’s about 2:45h away.

 

What to do in Kandy

  1. Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic

The Sacred Temple of the Tooth accommodates the left tooth of the Lord Buddha and receives sacred veneration by the Buddhists. The temple covers a large area and has several museums and shrines you can visit. The scented incense fills the air and the traditional drums are played during the puja. During Puja, the tooth is displayed to the tourists and the locals in the golden casket.

Kandy, Sri Lanka

  1. Visit the Museums

The temple complex has a large number of Museums and shrines erected so you can witness the ancient history of Buddhism and of Sri Lanka. There’s a special Museum for Raja the Elephant, who carried the casket during the Perahera ceremonies before he passed away.

Kandy, Museum

 

There’s also a newly erected museum revealing the transcendence of Buddhism and how Buddhism spread in different countries.

  1. Watch the Perahera!

The Kandy Perahera Ceremony is a renowned event that takes place every August. The Sacred Tooth Relic is brought out for the Buddhists to worship along with beautiful dancers and breathtaking performances by fire. There are many variations of dance, Kandyan dancers with their drummers who do marvels while performing, specially trained fire dancers, whip crackers and many more forms of dance that are definitely marvelous!

Kandy-Perahera

There are flag bearers, drummers of various kinds, and finally tuskers and elephants lavishly decorated for the ceremony. You might catch an elephant dancing to the beat too!

Dancers, Perahera

  1. The Royal Gardens of Peradeniya

The Royal Gardens is a stunning place, filled with the flora of different kinds. There are many endemic species to Sri Lanka, and the paths are always decorated with the intricate petals and majestic trees standing tall. This destination is something you shouldn’t miss!

The Royal Gardens

  1. Take a walk around the Kandy Lake

The Kandy lake is surly a stunning sight to see. With tall trees growing at its borders, and the reflection of the Temple of the Tooth Relic on the glistening waters, the Kandy Lake resonates serenity. You can also go on a boat ride in these green waters!

Kandy Lake

Where to stay

There are so many places that are ready to extend their hospitality to you! From prices ranging from 10$ to as high as 5-star hotels, Kandy offers a great number of great hotels. You can choose any to suit your budget.

Earls Regency, Kandy

Food

Kandyan food is definitely one of the most delicious foods in the country. The perfect blend of spices, with amazing ingredients, Kandy would probably be one of your favorite travel spots!

Food

In conclusion, Kandy is an incredible travel destination that you wouldn’t want to miss! So book your tickets now with Travel Sri Lanka!

Want to go on a completely different adventure? Try Sinharaja, Sri Lanka!

Sigiriya, Wonder of Sri Lanka – Travel Sri Lanka

Renowned in the world as a wonder among creations, Sigiriya is a giant rock fortress that majestically stands amidst the lush tropical forests of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is the most famous travel destination that displays the heritage and the prowess of Sri Lankan culture. Known for the beautiful frescos of Sigiri damsels (Sigiri apsarawo) bearing efflorescent flowers in their hands standing nude is a remarkable feature of this amazing place. The vibrant colors as well as the architecture that runs with it illuminates through the castle.

Sigiriya, the marvel

 

It’s said to be the castle of King Kashyapa that he’s chosen wisely for protection, that he decorated so lavishly and beautifully as a lion’s den. The structure consists of lion paws at the entrance, so it seems as though you enter a whole different realm. This destination shall awe you, and will probably be one of your favorite travel destinations! So visit Sri Lanka today to see this marvelous creation!

Weather and Distance to Sigiriya

The blissful sun shines brightly on the castle on top of this magnificent rock, and the temperature always is quite warm. It’s a great place for a tan as you explore!

Map-Colombo to Sigiriya

This beautiful fortress lies in the Mathale district close to the town of Dambulla in the Central province, Sri Lanka. And it’s 177 km away from the current capital, Colombo. It’s a 4h drive and you’ll enjoy the drive as well! Therefore this is a must see in Sri Lanka!

What to do in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

  1. Climb to the top!

Yes, it’s a quite tremendous job, but you’ll truly be happy that you did climb this iconic structure because you’ll be gifted by the sights of the breathtaking frescoes and the lion paws. Also, pools of water with gorgeous lilies covering them, and stunning architectural pieces would definitely awe you!

Rock fortress, Sigiriya

  1. Visit the site museum

You’ll learn heaps about this beautiful landscape as well as the ancient historical stories that entail it. It’s an amazing reflection of Sri Lankan craftsmanship as well as the proud history of the peoples. You’ll gain memories for a life time!

  1. Take a look at the mirror wall

After you get your breath taken by the beautiful of the frescoes, you can then witness a wall of which people who visited in the ancient times had commented on. There’s beautiful poetry etched on to the wall, resonating the feelings of the common people who climbed up to this magnificent creation.

The Mirror Wall

  1. Look at the Royal Gardens!

Equipped with many water gardens that are engulfed with blooms, you can witness the beauty of this landscape. You can also visit Buddhist shrines that were erected in the fortress.

 

  1. Visit the Sigiriya Crafts Complex

Get some souvenirs to commemorate this wonderful trip! These crafts created by these village people truly are simple and beautiful.

Sri Lankan crafts

  1. Check out the Cobra Hood Cave

A stunning creation that has a cobra hood at the entrance is another amazing place you’d love to visit!

 

What to see in Sigiriya

  1. Frescos

The Sigiri Damsels are one of the most beautiful creations in the world. Drawn on the interior, they are said to have relieved the king of his loneliness. All of them nude, carrying blooms in the palms of their hands are truly an incredible sight to see.

Frescos, Sigiriya

  1. The Mirror Wall

It’s such a beautiful creation that displays Sri Lankan literature that evolved from a long time. The glossy wall surely reflects the beauty of these poems.

The mirror wall, Sigiriya

  1. Architecture

Sigiriya prides itself on being the most beautiful creation in Sri Lanka and it’s enriched by architectural wonders. The castle on the bedrock itself is witness to that. The rock creations surely will awe you.

 

Where to stay

As Sigiriya is the most famous site to visit in Sri Lanka, you have a range of incredible hotels and restaurants to stay at. There are accommodations for everyone, and you can choose from a wide range of prices. Starting from as low as 10 USD- you can go up to a 5star hotel as well. So the choice is in your hands!

Hotel Sigiriya

Food

Sigiriya offers some of the best food served in Sri Lanka. Beautiful mixes of spices, as well as amazing ingredients, make these dishes memorable. You will probably fall in love with the Sri Lankan cuisine after you enjoy the food here!

Sri Lankan food

In conclusion, Sigiriya is that amazing getaway to tropical paradise you need! Book your tickets now with Sri Lankan Travel and experience the best vacation of your life!

The follow me to couple in Sigiriya

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Adam’s Peak, a Spiritual Journey in the Tropics

Adam’s peak, the magnificent giant standing in the central highlands of Sri Lanka is a nature’s gift to the Sri Lankans. Majestically standing while ethereal mist surrounds it and makes it a stunning sight for everyone to see and it is one of the most beautiful places of worship in Sri Lanka. Adam’s peak also known as Sri Pada (Sacred footprint) is believed to be the footprint of the Lord Buddha by the Buddhists. The Hindus believe it’s the footprint of Shiva, and in Islamic and Christian faiths; they believe it to be of Adam’s. Even though there are different beliefs, people from around the world climb this mountainous giant with the same veneration. Embark on a breathtaking adventure into the mountains!

Adam's Peak, Sri Lanka

Most noteworthy of this climb is the rapport and kindness shared by people of all religions. Also it’s a very inspiring sight to see all climb this tiring route as one.

There’s a special pilgrimage season, from December to May (Uduwap Poya – Wesak Poya) which is the safest time to climb. The crowd increases in the season of January to February.

Weather and Distance to Adam’s peak

As the ascension goes on, the colder the route gets. Cool breeze runs along the faces of the climbers as the route goes on and on. And as you go on, you can see the picturesque sceneries of the country.

The Adam’s peak stands 144 kms away from the current capital, Colombo.

Route to Adam's peak

What to do at Adam’s peak

            1. Hike up to the Peak

First of all, you can make the climb to the peak, and witness the beauty of the climb. It’s said to be the most rewarding and tiring climb. Due to its beauty in ascension, it attracts many tourists as well as locals to attempt to conquer the climb. While this is a religious pilgrimage, it is also an adventure trek in the tropics.
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  1. Visit the National Museum of Rathnapura.

Rathnapura which is where this giant stands close by to is renowned for its gems and minerals. The museum is one of the best museums is Sri Lanka, and has many fossilized remains of many animals as well as civilizations of the prehistoric era.

 

  1. Rathnapura Gem Bureau and Museum.

Visit and purchase amazing gems and minerals from the museums!
gems

  1. Pompakelle Forest Park.

Visit the tropical forests of Sri Lanka and experience wildlife and beautiful fauna around you as you trek.

What to see

You can witness the most beautiful sunrise and sunset at the peak of Adam. Hence it’s known to be a magical sight. While so many people climb for spiritual reasons, you can climb the mountain as an adventure as well. Since it’s now renovated to receive the large crowd, you’d be very comfortable traveling!

sunrise

You can also see the influence of religion as well as veneration that runs along with it. It’s a very spiritually cleansing experience.

sunset

Where to stay.

After the climb, you can accommodate yourself at the halls that are designed for the travelers to stay at, and also there are many resorts and hotels to accommodate your stay! Starting from as low as 10$- 350$, you have a wide range of choices to suit your budget.

temple

 

You can also experience the amazing Sri Lankan cuisine with its spices and you probably will fall in love with it!
food

In conclusion, Adam’s peak is definitely a destination you wouldn’t want to miss! Therefore, book your tickets now and head on for a spiritual journey in beautiful Sri Lanka.

Anuradhapura, a trip to paradise – Travel Sri Lanka

Ancient vivacious kingdom second to none. Anuradhapura resonates the rich culture and heritage that  ancient Sri Lanka holds. Furthermore, with its archaeological importance as well as cultural significance it is now a UNESCO World heritage site renowned by the world. Established from the 4th century BC, Anuradhapura has stood as the political and cultural center of the Sinhalese kings who ruled over Sri Lanka. In addition to that, Anuradhapura is a beautiful travel site that many tourists visit for its remarkable ruins and architectural wonders.

Watadagaya. Anuradhapura

Ruins of Anuradhapura; Watadagaya.

Weather and Distance To Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura holds a sunny weather so its perfect for a tan any time of the year! This beautiful city of ruins lays 205 kms (127 miles) north of Colombo, the capital.

 Map to Anuradhapura
Route  from Colombo.

Places to visit in Anuradhapura

First of all, there are many activities you can embark on this journey to Anuradhapura. There are so many historical and religious places to examine,

1. The Archaeological Museum.

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Stone carving at the palace, archaeological museum.

This holds many interesting artifacts from this ancient civilizations. Since its full of amazing creations of the Sri Lankans, the museum is a very popular tourist attraction. Sri Lankan wood carvings and stone carvings are specially noteworthy. The ruins of the royal palace can  also be found  here. As a result archaeologists and architects visit here to study the artifacts.

2. Sri Maha Bodhi.

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Sri Maha Bodhi.

Anuradhapura was a center for Buddhism, and that is resonated by the Bodhi tree under which is the Lord Buddha is believed to have attained Enlightenment. This attracts many Buddhists for a spiritual cleanse as well as to pay homage to this ancient tree. Brought from India as a sapling due to the vast number of Buddhists who pay homage, it receives as much veneration as the mother tree does in India.

3. Dagabas.

These creations are massive temples built by the Sinhalese kings for worship, hundreds of years ago. These magnificent domes stand strong reflecting the craftsmanship of the ancient civilizations. Hence it’s a very rewarding experience to see the beautiful creations of the city and in addition you learn so much about the history of Sri Lanka as well.
(1) Ruwanweliseya.

Ruwanwalisaya
Ruwanwalisaya.

Giant amount giants, that stands on the sacred grounds that are worshipped by thousands. Built by King Dutugemunu, the marvel among kings. This dagaba is sacred to Buddhist of Lanka due to its magnificent size as well as its historical importance for being erected after the victory over Elara, the king of of the North.
(2) Jetawanaramaya.

Jetawanaramaya
Jetawanaramaya.

Another magnificent creation that stands in Anuradhapura created by King Mahasena is also another sacred veneration site.
(3) Isurumuniya.

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Isurumuniya lovers.

Known for its amazing stone carvings in the temple, which are the Isurumuniya lovers, Elephant pond and the Royal Family. This destination seems like something you wouldn’t want to miss!

4. Tanks

 

tank
Anuradhapura is known for its abundance of man-made tanks. They were created to support the self sufficient ways of ancient Sri Lanka. These tanks were the spine of Sri Lankan agriculture and recreation, and the beauty of these giant water vessels shines through the city of Anuradhapura.

5. Ruins.

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Kuttam pokuna. A magnificent creation of two identical ponds to bathe in with a underground tunnel system that is of amazing technology.

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Lankarama Dagaba in ruins.

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Moonstones. They stand as a welcome in front of entrances and the amazing carvings represent the Buddhist way towards enlightenment. 

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Ruins of the Royal park.

 

You can witness the ruins of an entire civilization that flourished many years ago. The well preserved ruins are open for tourists to examine and learn of heritage and culture therefore you can experience this amazing trip while learning about Sri Lanka. Seems like the best way to learn and relax in the beautiful island, yes?

Places to stay

Anuradhapura also has a range of amazing hotels and hostels to accommodate you. Prices range from as low as 10 dollars to 5 star hotels at around 200 dollars, so you do have a wide range to choose from to fit your budget!
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Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, starting from low rates.

Food

Anuradhapura also has a most noteworthy range of beautiful Sri Lankan food that would take your taste buds on an ancient flavor profile you wouldn’t want to miss!
food

In conclusion, Anuradhapura is certainly one of the most beautiful and rewarding travels you can embark on. So book your tickets with Travel Sri Lanka and head on an adventure to the ancient times!

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