Experiencing Sri Lanka’s historic splendour
Many do not believe that Sri Lanka has much to offer other than a paradise beach holiday location. Yet for those who take the time to truly explore Sri Lanka it has so much and this is highlighted in the Lonely Planet article on interesting locations and places in Sri Lanka.
When you take Sri Lanka’s long history it is really not surprising that the country has so many ancient ruins and attractions to see. In fact there is an area referred to as the Cultural Triangle which includes ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. It is very interesting to take a journey back in time by touring these cities with their majestic ruins and structures. Many of the places are still being discovered and with each uncovering more of Sri Lanka’s ancient brilliance is unearthed. Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Yapahuwa make up the triangle while the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is an ancient architectural marvel that defies description and should definitely be experienced.
Slowly but surely recovering from a three decades long war is Jaffna and the northern region of Sri Lanka. You will feel as though you have entered a time warp, where time has stood still as you see both men and women travel around on bicycles along unpaved roads with the breath taking coastline that is fringed by Palmyra palms and coconut trees with the shimmering blue ocean lapping the pristine beaches. Jaffna too though is slowly developing with smooth highways and star class hotels helping to attract a growing number of visitors to the area. For a holiday that is filled with authentic cuisine, a proud heritage, gorgeous beaches and a slower pace, then Jaffna is the place to be.
At the opposite end of the country, in the Deep South is the historic city of Galle. The Dutch Fort is a fascinating place where the original architecture has been left intact which is why it is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The paved walkways, quaint shops and cafes will instantly lift your spirits as you sip a drink and stare out at the vast compelling ocean. Kandy too is a historic city located in the hill country area of Sri Lanka. This beautiful city known as the capital of the hill country was the location of the last Sri Lankan kingdom and evidence of this is available right around the city. Once a palace complex the Temple of the Tooth is now home to the Tooth Relic and is a must visit for anyone traveling to Kandy. Experience Sri Lankan history with Inspire Voyages with tours that can be customized to incorporate places of interest to you.