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Sri Lanka travel guide

Sri Lanka - The Ancient Cities (Chapter)

12th Edition Jul 2012

This is the Ancient Cities chapter from Lonely Planet's Sri Lanka guidebook.

For more than a century archaeologists have been shedding many layers of history from this overgrown landscape. The Rock Fort at Sigiriya, the bulging dagobas of Polonnaruwa and the serene Buddas around Anuradhapura are but a few of the sites now considered national treasures.

  • admire the fine artwork carved into the fascinating Polonnaruwa Quadrangle
  • maps
  • scale the rock monastery at Sigiriya, known for its epic views, outstanding art and mind-boggling ruins
  • transport
  • spot elephants and other wildlife in the lush Minneriya National Park
  • restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: Matale, Nalanda, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Giritale, Mandalagiri Vihara, Habarana, Around Polonnaruwa & Habarana, Ritigala Ruins, Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Padeniya, Panduwasnuwara, Ridi Vihara and Kurunegala.

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