Kandy ( Senkadagalapura) – Temple of Tooth and Esala Perahera – The Tooth relic of Buddha or the “Danta Dhatu” is considered to be one of the most revered objects of worship by Buddhists all over the world and now lies in the sanctum sanctorum of the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.
The Esala Perahera is a historic pageant held in Kandy and prior to the year 1775 it was exclusively held to entreat the four guardian deities of the island namely Vishnu, Natha, Kataragama and Pattini.
Anuradhapura - A world heritage site is also Sri Lanka's first capital located 206 km north of Colombo. Popular heritage sites in this ancient city include:
- Ruwanveliseya – a marvelous Stupa built by Gods and men
- Abayagiri Vihara – the northern monastery (Uttararamaya)
- Ancient marble carvings of Sri Lanka
- The Samadhi Buddha statue
- Isurumuniya(6 th century Gupta style carving)
Polonnararuwa – Considered the glory of medieval Sri Lanka this world heritage site is surrounded by the impressive 12 th century Royal Citadel. In the early 11 th century the capital of Sri Lanka was moved from Anuradhapura to Polonnararuwa. Galvihara in Polonnararuwa has some of the finest collection of Buddhist culture.
Dambulla Cave Temple - This world heritage site constitutes around 48 Lord Buddha statues along with some Hindu Gods which date back to the 12 th century.
Kataragama – Known as the place of light and love, Kataragama is also one of the noted Sri Lankan heritage sites.
Galle – Known as the old world's romantic city, Galle owes its glory to its natural harbor and was a trade center in the olden days due to its strategic position. Popular site in Galle are:
- Dutch Reformed Church
- Galle Church – Burial chambers and vaults
- National Maritime Museum- Galle
Sri Pada – Also known as the Adam's peak this sacred mountain is considered the holiest of the holy hills.
Mihintalle – Popularly known as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and renowned heritage attraction includes the Kaludiya pokuna : ancient feats in granite.
Ritigala – known as the monastic complex and is one of the popular heritage sites of Sri Lanka.
Other Sri Lankan heritage sites include:
123independenceday.com gives a summary of Sri Lanka's heritage sites.
- Adisham Bungalow
- Bogoda Roofed Bridge
- The Bogoda Bridge
- St. Lucia's Cathedral – Kotahena
- The limestone Grottos of Vavulpane
- The Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya
- Sita Eliya