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Ambuluvava, a mountain discovered in the 14th century by the Sinhalese King Buvanekabahu IV, is located in the very center of the Kingdom of Gampola. However, at first it was not used at all. Ambuluvava rises about 365 meters above sea level and 1965 meters above the level of the city of Gampola.

Sigiriya (translated from Sinhala "Lion Rock") is one of the main symbols of Sri Lanka and is very popular among tourists. It is located in the central area of ​​Sri Lanka - Matale - and is a rock with an ancient fortress and the ruins of the palace.

Galle Fort is located in Galle Bay on the southeast coast of Sri Lanka, 113 km from Colombo. It was built by the Portuguese in 1588, then in the 17th century it was fortified by the Dutch. This is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage that, even after more than four centuries, retains a beautiful appearance due to the huge reconstruction work carried out by the archaeological department of Sri Lanka.

Polonnaruwa is a city in the northeast of central Sri Lanka. In 1982, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. After being the royal capital for some time, thanks to its convenient location at the intersection of important land transportation routes between Colombo and Batticaloa, it turned into a medium-sized city and became famous thanks to its ancient city.

Situated in a picturesque area on the southern highlands of the island, this mountain has excited the imagination of many for centuries. As soon as she is not called: Adam's peak (the place where Adam first stepped on the earth after he was kicked out of paradise), Sri Pada (the sacred trail left by Buddha when he was going to heaven) or Samanalakanda (mountain of butterflies, where butterflies die).

Temple of the Tooth Relic (Sri Dalad Maligawa), built in the 17th century, is located in the city of Kandy, which for a long time has rightfully been the center of Buddhism. It is believed that there is the upper left fang of the Buddha.

Nestled among the hills, the city is very picturesque. Its peculiar necklace is the wide Mahaweli river. In the center of the city is an artificial lake. A special attraction of Kandy is the deeply revered tourist temple of Dalada Maligawa, which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha, once snatched out by one of the students from the Buddha’s funeral pyre, and then brought to Sri Lanka by the princess.

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is a sacred fig tree in Anuradhapura. It is believed that this is the southern branch of the historical Bodhi tree of Sri Maha Bodhi in Bodh Gaya in India, under which the Buddha attained enlightenment.

Pinnavala - a nursery for wild elephants, located in the village of Pinnavala, 13 km northwest of the city of Kegalle, Sabaragamuva province. Pinnavala is known in the world for its huge population of elephants living out of will.

Yala combines a nature reserve with a national park, resulting in a total protected area of ​​126,786 hectares of shrubs, woodlands, grassy plains and lagoons. It is divided into five parts, the most popular of which is block 1 (14101 ha), which is open for tourists, it is also called western Yala.

The Royal Botanic Garden of Peradeniya is one of the most beautiful places on the island. It is located approximately 5.5 km west of the city of Kandy in the central province of Sri Lanka and attracts 1.2 million visitors annually.

Kelania Raja Maha Vihara is a Buddhist temple in Kelania. Located 5 km from Colombo. Buddhists believe that Buddha visited this temple on his third and last visit to Sri Lanka, eight years after gaining enlightenment.

If the idea of ​​a monastery built in a sheer cliff sounds intriguing, try driving 3 km along the road north of Matale, 20 km from Kandy to look at Aluvihara. This unique group of monastic caves, picturesquely located among the rocks, which are located high above the valley.

Dambula Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, located in the central part of the island, 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.

Horton Plains is a nature reserve since 1969 and a national park since 1988 because of its unique watershed and the diversity of biological species represented here. The reserve area is 3159 hectares.

For over 1000 years, Sinhala kings, and sometimes conquerors from southern India, ruled Sri Lanka from the palaces of Anuradhapur. It was the largest and most influential of the Sri Lankan royal capitals, but its size, history and the fact that it was under the conquerors from South India for a long time made it more difficult to understand than, for example, Polonnaruwa.

Kataragama is the Hindu god of war. He is revered by making pilgrimages to the city of the same name with a temple dedicated to him, not only during the full moon of Esal, but also at any time when a believer - a Buddhist or a Hindu - wants to receive a blessing in a new undertaking, even such an everyday one as buying a new car.

Just a few minutes walk north of the ruins of the royal palace, there is an area known as Quadrangle, which is the ruins of ancient structures located on an elevated area bounded by a wall.

Frescoes, paintings, sculptures and architecture - Lancasilaka Viharaya is certainly worthy of attention. Built by Parakramabah the Great, who ascended the throne in 1153. and remained in power until 1186, Lancasilaka Viharaya incorporated the best features of the Sri Lankan architectural style, better known as the architecture of the Sinhalese temple.

Malvathu Maha Viharaya is one of the oldest Buddhist sangha (communities) of the monastic order of Siam Nikaya. Located on the lake where the Kandy Buddha Tooth Temple is located, Malvathu Maha Viharaya consists of two structures made for the monks to live.

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