This unique resort will perfectly fit fans of sports, excursions, beach rest and extreme sporting activities. Sri Lanka is rich in places of interest, among which you will find ancient buildings, museums, nature reserves, modern entertainment complexes, and, of course, beautiful beaches.
Galle Fort remains one of the most famous historic monuments. The fort is located in the city with the same name. It was built in 1588 by the Portuguese, then renovated by the Dutch during the 17th century. The fort has survived till our days in great condition despite numerous attacks, diverse weather conditions and devastating tsunami in 2004. There is a museum of the Dutch period in one of numerous buildings of the fort. Here visitors are welcome to see a rich collection of artifacts that belong to the colonial period. In the middle of the 20th century, a new 18 meters tall lighthouse was built on the territory of the architectural complex.
The most interesting religious landmark is located in the city of Kandy - Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. According to a legend, one tooth survived during the cremation of Buddha. This tooth has become the main artifact of the temple. Every year thousands of pilgrims arrive at the temple to bow to the relic. The temple was severely damaged during the terror attacks in 1998, but it was quickly restored and continues being a unique Buddhist sanctuary. There is an elephant park near the city. It has quickly become very popular with tourists. The park was open in 1975 by the order of the Wild Nature Department. Initially, the park was a shelter for abandoned and unhealthy elephants. One can see here baby elephants, parents of which were killed by poachers, wounded and ill animals that get all the necessary care.
Anuradhapura is an ancient city, the discovery of which became a great success of archaeologists. The city was explored in 1820; according to scientists, Anuradhapura was founded yet in the 4th century B.C. and was inhabited until the 9th century. There are new buildings near the ancient ruins. These are mostly living houses and small craft producers. Anuradhapura is one of the most famous landmarks of the prehistoric era in the country. Scientists found here several thousands of precious artifacts, which can be seen in the Museum of Archaeology. Those guests of the country, who enjoy walking in picturesque forests, as well as fans of alpinism, are recommended to make an excursion to Sigiriya Mount that has become a symbol of the island.
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