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World heritage sites in Sri Lanka 

  • Ancient City of Polonnaruwa  
  • Ancient City of Sigiriya  
  • Sacred City of Anuradhapura  
  • Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications  
  • Sacred City of Kandy  
  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve  
  • Golden Temple of Dambulla  
  • (added in 2010) Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.      

    Most of the cultural heritage sites in Sri Lanka are located in the "Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka" (sometimes called  "Sri Lanka's golden triangle" ) which includes Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, and Anuradhapura. Galle is a cultural world heritage site that is located on the southern coast of the country.

    The Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the Central Highlands are the two natural world heritage sites in Sri lanka. Sinharaja is located in south-west Sri Lanka. It is a primary tropical rainforest with more than 60% endemic trees. The Central Highlands are situated in the south-central part of the island and comprise the Peak Wilderness Protected Area (i. e. the tropical rain forest around Adam's Peak), the Horton Plains National Park and the Knuckles Conservation Forest.


You find hereunder many pictures from the cultural and natural world heritage sites of Sri Lanka. These galleries are part of our full collection of Sri Lanka pictures.


Kandy Tooth Temple

 Kandy Tooth Temple
(new Shrine)

Kandy Royal Palace  

Sigiriya (1)

Sigiriya (2)

Dambulla (1)

Dambulla (2)

Polonnaruwa (1)

 Polonnaruwa (2)

Polonnaruwa (3)

Anuradhapura (1)

Anuradhapura (2)

Anuradhapura (3)

Anuradhapura (4)

Anuradhapura museum
& moonstone


Horton Plains 



Ministry of culture of Sri Lanka
Introduction to the world heritage sites in Sri Lanka by the Ministry of culture.
Lanka library
collection of articles about the world heritage sites in sri lanka, from lanka library.
sinharaja (biosphere reserve-unesco)
sinharaja rain forest
sinharaja rain forest
unesco: ancient city of polonnaruwa
unesco: ancient city of sigiriya
unesco: golden temple of dambulla
unesco: old town of galle and its fortifications
unesco: sacred city of anuradhapura
unesco: sacred city of kandy
unesco: sinharaja forest reserve
world heritage cities

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