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Sri Lanka - The Ancient Cities (Chapter)

13th Edition Jan 2015

This is the 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.

  • feeling humbled by the epic scale of the monuments and profound spirituality evident at Anuradhapura
  • maps
  • scaling the great rock of Sigiriya for epic views, outstanding art and intriguing ruins
  • transport
  • admiring the exquisite carvings and temples at the fascinating ruins of the former Sinhalese stronghold of Polonnaruwa
  • restaurants & accommodation

Coverage includes: Matale, Nalanda Gedige, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Giritale, Mandalagiri Vihara, Minneriya & Kaudulla National Parks, Ritigala Ruins, Anuradhapura, Mihintale, Yapahuwa, Panduwasnuwara, Ridi Vihara, and Kurunegala.

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