Historic sites in Sri Lanka

If you’re looking to explore Historic Sites in Sri Lanka and the surrounding area then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a fantastic selection of  Historic Sites in Sri Lanka and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Once you’ve explored the  Historic Sites in Sri Lanka you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic sites is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Historic Sites in Sri Lanka, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Sri Lanka: Site Index

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Anuradhapura is a sacred ancient city in Sri Lanka the remains of which are UNESCO-listed.

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Colombo National Museum

The Colombo National Museum is a museum of Sri Lankan history and art.

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Gal Vihara

Gal Vihara is a set of twelfth century stone statues of Buddha in the city of Polonnaruwa.

Kandy National Museum

The Kandy National Museum is a museum of the history and culture of this city.

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Kiri Vihara

The Kiri Vihara is a twelfth century dagoba in Polonnaruwa.

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Lankatilaka Vihara

The Lankatilaka Vihara is a twelfth century sacred shrine in Polonnaruwa which houses a giant medieval Buddha statue.


Polonnaruwa contains the UNESCO-listed ruins of what was the medieval capital of Ceylon.

Polonnaruwa Archaeological Museum

The Polonnaruwa Archaeological Museum houses artefacts from this medieval capital.

Polonnaruwa Council Chamber

The Polonnaruwa Council Chamber was the throne room of the king.

Polonnaruwa Royal Palace

The Polonnaruwa Royal Palace was the regal home of King Parakramabahu.


Sigiriya is a vast rock used over time as a Buddhist monastery and as a fifth century royal fortress.

Temple of the Tooth

The Temple of the Tooth is one of the most sacred Buddhist shrines. UNESCO-listed.

The Abhayagiri Dagoba

The Abhayagiri Dagoba is a Buddhist monastery built in around the second or first century BC.

The Brazen Palace

The Brazen Palace was a grand structure built in the second century in the ancient city of Anuradhapura.

The Dambulla Cave Temple

The Dambulla Cave Temple is a sacred Buddhist site carved into caves as early as the third century BC.

The Jetavanarama Dagoba

The Jetavanarama Dagoba is a vast Buddhist shrine in Anuradhapura built in the third century AD.

The Kuttam Pokuna

The Kuttam Pokuna are two well-preserved ancient pools in Anuradhapura.

The Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba

The Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba is a sacred second century BC Buddhist site in Anuradhapura.

The Sri Maha Bodhi Tree

The Sri Maha Bodhi Tree is derived from a cutting of the tree under which Buddha was enlightened.


Thuparamaya is a third century BC Buddhist shrine believed to hold one of Buddha’s relics.