Cultural Triangle

Attractions

Southern Group

The principal attraction, however, is just to the north: an imposing 3.5-metre-high statue of a bearded figure, thought to date from the ninth century, which…

  • Polonnaruwa
Southern Group

Sri Maha Bodhiya

The tree was planted on a high terrace about 21 feet (6.5 m) above the ground and surrounded by railings. Today, the tree is one…

  • Anuradhapura
Sri Maha Bodhiya

Samadhi Statue

The Samadhi Statue is 8 feet (2.4 m) in height and made of granite and the Dhyana mudra is symbolished – The posture of meditation…

  • Anuradhapura
Samadhi Statue

Ruwanwelisaya

After defeating the Tamil king Elara, King Dutugemunu of Sri Lanka built this magnificant stupa. The stupa is known as Ruwanwelisaya, Mahathupa, Swarnamali Chaitya and…

  • Anuradhapura
Ruwanwelisaya

Royal Palace Group

According to the Chulavamsa (one of the great Chronicles of Sri Lankan history), the Parakramabahu Royal palace originally stood seven stories tall and boasted a…

  • Polonnaruwa
Royal Palace Group

The Sacred Quadrangle

The Vatadage The Quadrangle is dominated by the magnificent Vatadage (circular relic house), arguably the most beautiful building in Sri Lanka. Built by Parakramabahu, it…

  • Polonnaruwa
The Sacred Quadrangle

Thuparamaya

Thera Mahinda himself introduced Theravada Buddhism and also chetiya worship to Ceylon. At his request King Devanampiyatissa built Thuparamaya in which was enshrined the collarbone…

  • Anuradhapura
Thuparamaya

Mirisaveti Stupa

Built by King Dutugamunu (161-137 BC) and was his first stupa to be constructed. It was fully restored by the Department of Archaeology in 1993.…

  • Anuradhapura
Mirisaveti Stupa