Hidden Treasures – Culture & history

Yapahuwa

For such a tiny tear drop island, you’d find an abundant array of hidden treasures located in the most untapped areas. Hence, we’ve decided to dedicate a series of blogs in discovery of these magnificent sites to ensure your enjoyment and sense of exploratory thrill.

 

This blog is in dedication to the top 3 remote and least visited historic sites.

 

(3) Anamaduwa

  • Thonigala Rock Inscription

This dates back to periods of the great Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa kingdoms. These inscriptions are found on a large rock with the surrounding of lakes and untapped forest and a 360 degree view of the entire village.

Thonigala Rock
Thonigala Rock
Thonigala Inscription
Thonigala Inscription
  • Yapahuwa

Is one of the least visited ancient capitals and is yet another kingdom built over a tall rock. This kingdom was mostly used as a Buddhist monastery which held the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha for a period of time. Yapahuwa shows you the great intricate architectural styles used in the ancient city of Sri Lanka and the significance it holds.

Yapahuwa Stairway
Yapahuwa Stairway
View from Yapahuwa
View from Yapahuwa

(2) Kirinda

  • Kirinda Temple

This temple was built after a brave princess named Viharamahadevi went to sea in sacrifice for the safeguard of her motherland. The boat ultimately drifted her onto the shores of Kirinda where she then met King Ruhunu and got married.  The temple was built on a rock where you’d be able to experience the breathtaking oceanic views.

Kirinda Temple
Kirinda Temple
Statue of Queen Viharamahadevi
Statue of Queen Viharamahadevi

(1) Somawathiya

  • Somawathiya Chaitya

This is a Buddhist stupa situated close to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which is believed to date back long before the periods of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. This stupa was built in purpose of holding the sacred relic of Lord Buddha. Located in the Somawathiya National Park, you’d be able to go on a safari to witness some wild elephants who sometimes come to the temple for worship.

Elephant Visits in Somawathiya
Elephant Visits in Somawathiya
Somawathiya Temple
Somawathiya Temple

 

Stay tuned to our next blog which holds the rest of our discoveries as we always want to ensure you make the most of your holiday in Sri Lanka.

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