Lost and found
Kingdoms, lost and found

The wonders of the past – if they beckon you, Sri Lanka will take you back 2000 years and more into the heart of a rich and diverse heritage. A land where lost cities, ruined temples, sacred caves and ancient rock fortresses defy the tests of time, and history lives on in age old traditions. Ours is an island full of past glories to uncover, whether you stay within the Cultural Triangle and the World Heritage Sites, or stray to explore lesser known ones.

Discover the marvels of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa where the once grand palaces, colossal temples, and giant statues still stand – in stately ruin, or lovingly restored. Climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya – famed for its exquisite frescos; and the Dambulla rock temple and cave complex. Explore the ancient ruins of Ritigala, Yapahuwa and Dambadeniya on your way to Kandy – the last kingdom of Lanka, home to the Temple of the Tooth and the legendary ‘Kandy Perehera’.

You may be going back in time, but 21st century comforts are yours to stay in along the way. Take your pick from luxury hotels and boutiques, eco villas, or private hideaways with all modern conveniences to enjoy.

With ancient wonders and traditions that have survived thousands of years, Sri Lanka is a living tapestry that unfolds treasures at every turn. Our Culture & Heritage experience, takes you on a truly memorable journey into the past.


You Must Explore


Considered the 8th wonder of the world, the giant rock fortress of Sigiriya – renowned for its exquisite frescoes, showcases feats of artistry, architecture and engineering which impress visitors with their utter magnificence even thousands of years on. Rising 370m high, the 360 degree view from the top is equally astounding.


The largest cave monastery in the island, Dambulla has been a sacred pilgrimage site for over 22 centuries. The Intricate murals on the rock ceiling and interior walls date back over 2,000 years. It houses 157 Buddha statues with one figure carved out of the rock – 14 meters long.


The cultural epicentre and the hill capital of the island, Kandy is home to the Temple of the Tooth – the country’s most important Buddhist shrine; and the traditional pageant – the Esala Perahera. The areas surrounding Kandy are also overloaded with historic sites so there is much to explore.


Considered to be the first Dageba in Sri Lanka – maybe in the world, Girihanduseya is located in Thiriyaya close to Trincomalee on the East. Despite the ravages of time and civil war, the ancient ruins are still impressive. Set atop a mountain, the panoramic views are worth the climb too.


A royal residence in 13th century and the one time sanctuary of the sacred Tooth Relic, the ancient defences of the Yapahuwa fortress can still be admired. Located in Kurunegala, in the Central heartland, it’s built on a rock 90m above the surrounding plains; reached by an impressive stone staircase.


Also known as Nainativu, this unique island is one of a cluster in the Palk Bay off the Jaffna Peninsula. Accessed via a 20 minute boat ride across crystal seas, it hosts both Hindu and Buddhist shrines. It’s also considered one of the 16 holiest Buddhist Sites in Sri Lanka.