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Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo, Sri Lanka, being a mix of modern architecture and cultural essence.
The Galle Face is a five hectare ocean-side urban park, which stretches for a half kilometre along the coast, in the heart of the financial and business district of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The promenade was initially laid out in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry George Ward, although the original Galle Face Green extended over a much larger area than is seen today. The Galle Face Green was initially used for horse racing and as a golf course, but was also used for cricket, polo, football, tennis and rugby.
The Viharamahadevi Park is the only large-scale public park in Colombo, and is maintained by the Colombo Municipal Council. Located at its western end is the Cenotaph War Memorial, Colombo and the Colombo Public Library. The Vihara Maha Devi Park Open Air Stadium is a venue for concerts and public events.
The Town Hall of Colombo is the headquarters of the Colombo Municipal Council and the office of the Mayor of Colombo. Built in front of the Viharamahadevi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka, it is the meeting place for the elected municipal council.
Sri Lanka's most visited historic site - Sigiriya - is an iconic attraction in the country and is regarded as one of Sri Lanka's most important national treasures. Its history dates centuries back in time when it was built by King Kashyapa as a rock fortress and city. At present, some of Sigiriya's well-preserved sights include the majestic Lion Paw Entrance, the beautiful ancient frescoes that adorn the western face of the rock as well as the Mirror Wall with writings from the 8th to 9th centuries. The Sigiriya Gardens are also one of its important features and comprise the water gardens, the boulder gardens and the terraced gardens.
The Temple of the Tooth - or the Sri Dalada Maligawa - is one of the most revered Buddhist temples in all of Asia. Having been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the temple is believed to house the ancient tooth relic of the Buddha and is flocked by large numbers of visitors throughout the year. The temple is also noted for its exquisite architecture, featuring impressive stone and ivory carvings and beautiful wall paintings. Visitors not must miss out on a visit to the Royal Palace, Audience Hall as well as the Mahamaluwa when visiting the temple.
Being Sri Lanka's largest and most prominent cave complex, the Dambulla Cave Temple is an important cultural and historical site and has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cave complex comprises five main caves that house numerous attractions such as statues and paintings of the Buddha. These caves have been transformed to shrine rooms - including the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King's and the Great New Monastery which are all worth a visit. The Sinhala inscriptions and artwork that adorn these shrine rooms are also a prominent feature.
The Galle Fort is an icon of South Sri Lanka and is representative of the country's rich and colourful heritage over the years. First built by the Portuguese in 1588, the Fort was later fortified by the Dutch during their subsequent rule in the 17th century. Galle Fort has also been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and some of its prominent features include its two gates, grid style layout, road network and olden-day buildings. The Dutch Reformed Church and the Breadfruit tree at the fort are also must-see sights.
The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara or Kelaniya Temple is a Buddhist temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, seven miles from Colombo. The Chief Incumbent (Chief Priest) is Venerable Professor Kollupitiye Mahinda Sangharakkhitha Thera.
National Museum of Colombo, also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum is one of two museums in Colombo. It is the largest museum in Sri Lanka. It is maintained by the Department of National Museum of the central government. The museum holds contains a collections of much importance to Sri Lanka such as the regalia of the country, including the throne and crown of the Kandyan monarchs as well as many other exhibits telling the story of ancient Sri Lanka
The Colombo Dutch Museum is a museum that covers the history of the Dutch colonial rule in Sri Lanka.
The old Dutch House on Prince Street, Pettah (Colombo 11) which houses this museum was built in the latter part of the 17th century and was initially the residence of Count August Carl Van Ranzow along with five other houses of the elite
St. Lucia's Cathedral is the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo in Sri Lanka. The Cathedral is located at Kotahena, in the north east of Colombo, on 18,240 sq. ft. of land, and is dedicated to Saint Lucy. It traces its origins to a small structure for worship built during Dutch occupation.
Adam's Peak - also known as Samanalakanda and Sri Paada - is a sacred mountain located in the heart of Sri Lanka's Central Highlands. Reference to the mountain in ancient texts can be traced back to the 4th and 5th centuries when it was mentioned in many chronicles. At present, Adam's Peak is a sacred site for Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians and is one of the country's most important pilgrim sites. Many ancient monuments are found on the mountain, including the Peace Pagoda which is located halfway up the mountain.
Hidden away in central Sri Lanka, the Knuckles Mountain Range is a prominent mountain range located in the Matale and Kandy districts of Sri Lanka. The range gets its name from its distinctive shape that resembles the knuckles of a person and was named by the early British several years ago. The mountain range features a fantastic pleasant climate and spectacular scenery of picturesque cloud forests that are home to a wealth of flora and fauna - many of which are endemic. Photography enthusiasts in particular will find plenty of opportunities around the area.
One of the country's biodiversity hotspots, the Singharaja Forest Reserve is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site and is located in the Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces of Sri Lanka. The forest is home to a wealth of flora and fauna – including numerous endemic species of both plants and animals. Sightings of the purple-faced langur is fairly common, while there have also been sightings of several endemic butterfly species, leopards and elephants – although quite rare. A visit to the forest reserve will undoubtedly delight any nature enthusiast.