How to Visit Historic Sites with Cheap Holidays to Sri Lanka

by Amanda Sutcliffe Travel Deals

An island country with enchanting natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and fascinating attractions, Sri Lanka has become one of the favourite destinations of tourists in recent times. It is located in the Indian Ocean and is separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Palk Strait that runs between its Northern Province and the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Not many destinations in the world have so many UNESCO World Heritage Sites within such a small geographical area as Sri Lanka. These historical wonders were built during different times in the nation's history, which spans nearly three millennia.

One of the most popular historical attractions is an ancient rock fortress called Sigiriya, located in the Central Province of the country. The name Sigiriya is derived from the rock structure known as 'Sinhagiri' or the 'Lion Rock'. It was built during the 5th century by King Kasyapa, who constructed it as a gateway in the form of a huge lion. He had chosen the entire site for his new capital, but this place was abandoned after his death. It is considered as one of the best examples of urban planning in the ancient times. You can explore this place during your cheap holidays to Sri Lanka by taking a walk around the rock structure and gardens.

Yet another interesting place worth exploring is the Adam’s Peak. It is known among the locals as ‘Sri Pada’, which literally translates as the ‘sacred footprint’. These names are used in reference to a rock formation near the summit. It has a great significance among different religious communities. Hindus believe that the footprint is of Lord Shiva, while the Muslims and Christians believe that it is of Adam. According to the Buddhists, it is the footprint of Buddha. Some of the Portuguese Christians have different opinions on this rock formation. You can make your cheap holidays to Sri Lanka memorable at this place by taking some excellent snaps of the sunrise or sunset from its summit.

The town of Dambulla in the Matale district of Sri Lanka’s Central Province is home to the largest cave temple complex of the country. It has been brilliantly preserved by the authorities over the years and includes over 80 documented caves. Your Sri Lanka holidays would give you the chance to explore the major attractions that are mainly spread over 5 caves containing statues and paintings that depict the Buddha and his life. This temple complex also has 4 statues of the Hindu deities, Lord Vishnu and Lord Ganesha.

Located in the city of Kandy is another interesting temple called Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The relic that it houses has played an important role in the political matters of the region as it is believed that whoever holds the relic would govern the country. While on a visit to this temple, you can also explore its associated buildings and structures, such as the Royal Palace of Kandy, International Buddhist Museum, and the National Museum of Kandy.

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