Located on the west coast, Colombo is the commercial capital and the financial district of Sri Lanka. Needless to say, Colombo stands as the busiest city, yet does not fail to attract tourists from around the globe. With a population of over 5.6 million, Colombo is the home to many historic, modern and religious tourist attractions such as the Dutch Hospital, Galle Face Green, Independence Square etc.
Owing to the reputation as being a UNESCO World Heritage City and a prime tourist destination, Kandy receives a larger amount of visitors per day throughout the year. The scenic natural beauty of the hills and mountain ranges of Hanthana, Udawatta Kele Sanctuary and the Kandy View Point provides any person one of the best experiences of sightseeing in greenery.
The absolute pride of heritage is what governs this city. In terms of a historical background, Anuradhapura was one of the most prosperous kingdoms in the history of Sri Lanka. In addition, most of the historical monuments related to Buddhism heighten the eye-catching aspect of the main city.
Sigiriya (The Lion Rock), also known as the ‘Palace and Fortress in the sky’, was built by King Kassapa (477 – 495 AD) located in the Central district of Matale. Sigiriya is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its complex is considered one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. One of the interesting aspects of The fortress is the web of gardens, the mirror wall decorated with the world famous colourful frescoes depicting the heavenly maidens and other structures.
Polonnaruwa, was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th – 13th Century and rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura in 993. It was declared the second capital of the island by King Vijayabahu 1 who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country over again after the fall of Anuradhapura. It is the second largest city in the Northern province of Sri Lanka. The history attests itself for the proud heritage that runs within the roots of the reputation of Polonnaruwa. The city in ancient history was yet another momentous kingdom. The Brahmanic monuments of the Cholas are amidst the finest historical representations of Polonnaruwa.