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"When the Guide of the World, having acomplished the salvation of the whole world and having reached the utmost stage of blissful rest, was lying on the bed of his nibbana; in the midst of the great assembly of gods, he, the great sage, the greatest of those who have speech, spoke to Sakka' who stood there near him: `Vijaya, son of king Sihabahu, is come to Lanka from the country of Lala, together with seven hundred followers. In Lanka, O lord of gods, will my religion be established, therefore carefully protect him with his followers and Lanka.

When the lord of gods heard the words of the Buddha he from respect handed over the guardianship of Lanka to the god who is in colour like the lotus. "

from Mahavansa - The Great Chronicle of Sri Lanka

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Historic and Heritage Sites
400 sites listed
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A
Abayagiriya - Anuradhapura
Adam's Peak ( See Sri Pada Mountain)
Agbopura monastic site
Alahana Privena - Polonnaruwa
Alakeshwara Tombstone - Pittakotte
Algama Kanda Ancient Cave Temple- Kurunegala
Aliwatta Caves - Yatiyantota
Alu Viharaya - Mathale
Aludeniya Viharaya - Gampola  
Ambagamuwa Inscription - Nawalapitiya
Ambekke Devale - Udu Nuwara
Ambilla Raja Maha Viharaya - Matale
Ambulugala Sri Danthapaya Rajamaha Viharaya -
Ambulgama Raja Maha Viharaya - Hanwella
Ambuluwawa - Gampola
Ampitiya Purana Rajamaha Viharaya - Namunukula
Appallagoda Ambalama - Kandy District
Arandora Fort
Aranakele Forest Monastery - Arankele - Ibbagamuwa
Arippu Fort
Arulmihu Sivasubramania Swami Kovil - Colombo City
Asgiri Gedige Raja Maha Viharaya - Kandy City
Asokaramaya (Pankuliya Buddha Statue) - Anuradhapura
Ata Dahe Walawwa - Habaraduwa, Galle
Atadage - Polonnaruwa
Ath Pokuna - Anuradhapura
Attanagalla Raja Maha Viharaya - Nittabuwa
Awkana Buddha Statue Awkana, off Kakirawa
B
Badda Sema Malakaya - Polonnaruwa
Bahirawa Kanda - Kandy City
Balana Fort
Balapitiya Purana Viharaya - Balapitiya
Balapokuna Viharaya - Kirulapone
Bambaragala Aranna - Teldeniya, off Kandy
Bandagiriya Ancient Temple - Hambantota
Batathota Lena - off Kuruwita, Ratnapura District
Bathalagoda Tank
Beligala Raja Maha Viharaya - Balangoda
Bellanwila Rajamaha Vihara - Bellanwila, Dehiwala
Berendi Kovila - Sitawaka, off Awissawella
Bodhirajarama (Angurukaramulla) Maha Viharaya - Negambo
Bihalpola Rajamaha Viharaya - Narammala
Biso Maligaya (Pancavasa) - Anuradhapura
Bisokotuwa complex at Galabadde - Monaragala
Bogoda Bridge (Raja Maha Viharaya) - Bododa, off Haliela
Buddhangala Monastery - Ampara
Budugala Ruins - Kalthota - Rathanpura District
Budugehinna Cave Temple - Off Galewela
Budulena Rajamaha Viharaya - Ratnapura District
Buduruwagala - Off Wellawaya, Monaragala District
Buduruwayaya Archaeological Site - Off Bakamuna
Burrows Pavilion - Anuradhapura
C
Colombo Fort
D
Dakkhina Stupa - Anuradhapura
Dalada Maligawa (Temple of Tooth Relic) - Kandy City
Dalada Maluwa - Polonnaruwa
Dambakola Patuna Viharaya - Jaffna
Dambadeniya Palace
Dambulu Viharaya - Dambulla
Damila Maha Seya (Stupa of Tamils) - Polonnaruwa
Danthre Viharaya - Danthure , Yati Nuwara
Dedigama Kota vehera Off Nelumdeniya, Kegalle District
Deegavapi Stupa - Ampara District
Deepaduttaramaya - Kotahena
Deepa Uyana - Polonnaruwa
Degaldoruva Raja Maha Vihara - Kandy District
Delft Fort - Jaffna
Delgamuwa Raja Maha Viharaya - Kuruwita
Deliwala Kota Vehera - Off Rambukkana
Dematamal Viharaya - Off Buttala , Monaragala District
Devagiri Raja Maha Viharaya - Bingiriya
Devagiri Raja Maha Viharaya -Uda Tambana, Monaragala
Devinuwara Sri Vishnu Devale - Off Matara
Devinuwara Raja Maha Viharaya - Off Matara
Devram Vehera - Pannipitiya , Colombo District
Dhakkhina Stupa - Anuradhapura
Dimbulagala Raja Maha Viharaya - Dimbulagala
Digavapiya - Ampara District
Divulwewa Ancient Monastery - Horowpathana
Dodanwela Devale - Yati Nuwara
Dowa Raja Maha Viharaya - Off Bandarawela
Dutch Reformed Church of Galle - Galle
E
Ehelapola Vella and Ehelapola Tank - Ratnapura
Elamaldeniya Raja Maha Viharaya - Pitabaddara
Elephant Pass Fort
Embekke Devale - Udu Nuwara
Eth Pokuna - Anuradhapura
F
Fa Hien Gala (Pahiyangala) Caves - Yatagampitiya, Klutara District
Fort Beschutter - Elephant Pass
Fort Hammenhiel - Jaffna
Fort Macdowall
Fort Pyl - Elephant Pass
G
Gadaladeniya Temple - Udu Nuwara
Gal Ambalama - Kotte
Gal Amuna (Stone anicut) in Elahera
Gal massa (Maliyadeva Guharamaya) of Padavigampola - off Rambukkana
Gal Palama (Stone bridges) - Anuradhapura
Gal Potha (Stone Book) - Polonnaruwa
Gal Viharaya (Rock Temple) - Polonnaruwa
Galapatha Raja Maha Vihara - Benthara
Galgane (Galge) at Dondra - Devinuwara, Matara District
Galgane Vihara ( Hendeniya Vihara ) - Udu Nuwara
Galle Fort - Galle
Galmaduwa Viharaya - Kandy District
Gangaramaya - Colombo
Gangaramaya Raja Maha Vihara - Kandy District
Gannoruwa Raja Maha Viharaya - Yati Nuwara
Garrison Cemetery - Kandy City
Gatabaru Raja Maha Viharaya - off Akuressa, Matara District
Girihandu Seya - Tiriyaya
Giritale Tank
Godamunne Ambalama
Gonagiri Rajamaha Viharaya- Kahatagasdigiliya
Gopala Pabbatha - Polonnaruwa
Gotha Pabbatha Rajamaha Vihara - Godavaya, Amblalanthota
H
Habessa Ruins - Okkampitiya
Haldumulla Portuguese Fort - Haldummulla
Halmillawa Chandrasara Forest Hermitage
Handagala Kanda Ancient Cave Temple - Kebithigollewa
Hanwella / Gurubewila Fort
Hatthikucchi - Mahagalkadawala
Hendeniya Vihara (Galgane Vihara) - Udu Nuwara
Hetadage - Polonnaruwa
Hindagala Raja Maha Vihara - Kandy
Hollombuwa Ancient Cave Temple - Sthreepura
Humbuluwa Raja Maha Viharaya - Kurunegala District
I
Ibbagala Rajamaha Viharaya - Kurunegala
Ilupandeniya Rajamaha Viharaya - Godapola - Kandy
Isinbassagala Ruwangiri Rajamaha Viharaya -Medawachchiya
Isurumuniya Vihara (Meghagiri Vihara) - Anuradhapura
J
Jaffna Fort - Jaffna  
Japanese Peace Pagoda in Ampara
Japanese Peace Pagoda in Roomassala
Jethavana Viharaya ( Jethavana Temple) - Anuradhapura
K

Kabbella Lena Cave Temple
Kadiragala Raja Maha Viharaya - Variyapola
Kadugannawa Ambalama - Kadugannawa
Kadurugoda Purana Viharaya - Jaffna
Kahandawa Raja Maha Viharaya - Mirigama
Kalpitiya fort
Kaludiya Pokuna - Kandalama
Kalugala Arannanaya
Kalutara Bodhi
Kalutara Fort
Kande Viharaya - Aluthgama i
Kande Viharaya - Haputale
Kandegama Kanda Lena Viharaya - Aranaganwila
Kantarodai Vihara - Jaffna
Kandy Lake (Nuwara weva) - Kandy
Kasagala Rajamaha Viharaya - Kurunegala
Kataragama Devale - Kataragama
Kataragama Devale - Kandy
Karagahagethera Ambalama
Karathana Gal Len Viharaya
Katuwana Fort
Kayts Island Fort
Kalaniya Raja Maha Viharaya - Kelaniya
Kele Dambulla
Kele Devale (Si) - Kundasale
Kengalla Ambalama
Kinihirikanda Rajamaha Viharaya - Kekirawa
Kiri Vehera - Kataragama
Kiri Vehera - Polonnaruwa
Kirinda Raja Maha Viharaya
Kirthi Sri Rajasinghe Rajamaha Vihara - Rambukkana
Kithulpe Raja Maha Viharaya
Koddiyar Fort
Koduruwapola Raja Maha Viharaya - Kurunegala District
Koneswaram temple (Kovil) - Trincomalee
Korathota Raja Maha Viharaya - Kaduwela, Colombo District
Kotamudungala Raja Maha Viharaya - Molagoda
Kothduwa Purana Raja Maha Viharaya
Kottimbulwala Raja Maha Vihara - Balangoda
Kuda Gal Viharaya (Small Rock Temple) - Polonnaruwa
Kudumbigala Monastery - Panama
Kumara Ella Archaeological Reserve - Elahera
Kuragala Rock Cave - Kalthota
Kushta Raja Gala
Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds) - Anuradhapura
L
Lahugala Kota Vehera - Lahugala
Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya - Lahugala
Lankapatuna Samudragiri Viharaya - Trincomalee
Lankaramaya - Anuradhapura
Lankathilaka Gedige (Image House) - Polonnaruwa
Lankatilake Raja Maha Viharaya - Udu Nuwara
Lenawara Rajamaha Viharaya - Horana
Lendora Raja Maha Vihara - Balangoda
Lihiniyagala Len Viharaya - Walapane
Lovamahapaya - Anuradhapura
M
Madawala Stone Inscription
Maddegama Raja Maha Viharaya -
Madukanda temple
Madunagala Viharaya - Ambalantota
Maduwa Pattini Devale
Maduwanwela Mudalinalage Aramaya
Maduwanwela Wallauwa
Magul Maduwa (Audience Hall) - Kandy
Magul Maha Viharaya - Lahugala
Mahaweli Maha Seya (Kothmale Maha Seya)
Mahiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
Makulatenna Raja Maha Vihara
Maligatenne ( Nuwaragalkande)
Maligatenne Raja Maha Viharaya
Maligawila
Maliyadeva Guharamaya (Gal massa) of Padavigampola
Malwana Fort
Malwattu Maha Vihara
Maragala Gallenagoda Len Viharaya
Mani Naga Pabbatha Viharaya - Sastrawela, Panama
Maniyangama Raja Maha Viharaya - Avissawella
Mannar fort
Mapagala Fortres (Ruins of) - Sigiriya
Martello tower - Hambantota
Matara fort
Mawaragala forest monastery - Dambana
Mawela Walagamba Len Viharaya [Si] - Pahala Kadugannawa
Medawela Rajamaha Viharaya - [Si] - Medawala, Kandy
Meepe Ambalama
Meghagiri Vihara (Isurumuniya Vihara) - Anuradhapura
Menik Rajamaha Viharaya - Debarawewa
Menik Vehera - Polonnaruwa
Menikdena Archiological Reserve
Menikkadawara Fort
Mihinthale
Mirisavatiya Dagaba - Anuradhapura
Moonstone - 2 - Anuradhapura
Muhudu Maha Viharaya - Pottuvil
Mulkirigala - Hambanthota District
Mullattivu Fort
Mutiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya - Badulla
Muwapitiya Tempita Viharaya
Myella Kanda Ancient Cave Temple
N
Naga Pabbata Monastary (Bambaragastalawa) - Kumana [Si]
Naga Vimanaya (Sri Naga Viharaya) - Kandy
Nagadipa
Nagalakanda Mahasen Monastery - Minneriya
Nagapooshani Amman Kovil - Nagadeepa Island
Nagolla Raja Maha Viharaya - off Pothuhara
Nagolla Aramaya - Off Galewela
Naindanawa Rajamaha Viharaya - Polpithigama, Kurunegala
Naipena Viharaya (Vishnu Kovil - no 4) - Polonnaruwa
Nakuleswaram Kovil - Jaffna
Nalanda Gedige - Matale
Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil - Jaffna
Namal Pokuna Raja Maha Viharaya - Dimbulagala
Namal Uyana -
Nandimithra Raja Maha Viharaya - Pallama, chillaw
Natha Devalaya - Kandy
Nawagamuwa Devale (Sri Sugathabimbaramaya)
Nedun Raja Maha Vihara - Kuruwita
Neelagiri Maha Seya - Lahugala
Negombo fort
Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) - Polonnaruwa
Nillaggama Bodhigaraya - Kurunegala District
Nissanka Latha Mandapaya - Polonnaruwa
Nissanga Malla Audience Hall - Polonnaruwa
Nittawela Rajamaha Viharaya - Kandy
Niyamgampaya Viharaya - Gampola
Nuwaragalkande (Maligatenne) Ruins - Dambulla
nuwarakanda Purana raja maha vihara - Alawwa
O
Oth-pilimaya - Polonnaruwa
P
Pabalu Vehera - Polonnaruwa
Padeniya Raja Maha Viharaya - Padeniya
Padikemgala Ancient Buddhist monastery- Hambanthota
Pahiyangala (Fa Hien Gala) Caves
Palace of King Nissanga Malla - Polonnaruwa
Palace of King Parakramabahu - Polonnaruwa
Palace of King Vijayabahu I - Anuradhapura
Palace of the Kandyan Kingdom - Kandy
Panapitiya Ambalama - Narammala, Kurunegala
Pancavasa (Biso Maligaya) - Anuradhapura
Pankuliya Buddha Statue (Asokaramaya) - Anuradhapura
Pannipitiye Devram Vehera
Parakrama Samudraya - Polonnaruwa
Parakramabahu (King) Statue - Polonnaruwa
Paramakanda Cave Temple - Anamaduwa
Pashchimarama Rajamaha Viharaya - Debarawewa
Pathahawatte Rajamaha Viharaya
Pattini Devale - Kandy
Pattini Devale - Maduwa
Paurukanda Punchi Sripada - Mathugama
Pidurangala Monastary - Sigiriya
Pelmadulla Raja Maha Viharaya - Pelmadulla, Ratnapura District
Pilikuththuwa Raja Maha Vihara - Yakkala
Pillaiyar Kovil - Kandy
Piyangalu Raja Maha Viharaya - Dambulla
Place where King Sri Wikrama Rajasinghe was Captured - Medamahanuwara
Point Padro Lighthouse
Pokunuwita Rajamaha Viharayaya - Horana
Pooneryn fort
Pothgul Vehera (Pothgul Temple) - Polonnaruwa
Pothgul Vehera Statue - Polonnaruwa
Prasada Stupa ( Indikatu Seya) - Anuradhapura
Pulligoda Galge Frescos
Pulinatalaramaya - Kalutara
Pulukunava - Ampara
Pusulpitiya Viharaya - Pusulpitiya - Kothmale  
Q
Queen's Pavillion (bathing house) - Kandy  
R
Rahatunagala - Buttala
Rajagala Viharaya - Ampara
Rajapihilla - Kandy
Ramakele Stupa - Sigiriya
Ramba Rajamaha Viharaya - Hambanthota
Rambadagalla Vihara - Kurunegala
Ran Avuda Mandapa - Kandy  
Rankoth Vehera - Polonnaruwa
Ranmasu Uyana ( Royal Goldfish Park) - Anuradhapura
Ras Vehera (Sesuruwa)
Rathganga Asu Maha Shrawaka Pas Visu Rajamaha Viharaya - Ratnapura
Rathna Prasada (Jewel Palace) - Anuradhapura
Ratnapura Fort
Refectory of Abayagiri - Anuradhapura
Relic Shrine in Abayagiri Monastery - Anuradhapura
Richmond Castle
Ridi Viharaya - Kurunegala
Royal Court of king Parakramabahu - Polonnaruwa
Royal Pond of King Parakramabahu - Polonnaruwa
Ruwanvali Seya - Anuradhapura
Ruwanwella Fort and Ambalama- Ruwanwella
S
Salgala forest monastery - Off Warakapola
Samadhi Buddha Statue - Anuradhapura
Samadhi Buddha Statue 2 and Bodhighara- Anuradhapura
Samadhi Buddha Statue 3 and Bodhighara - Anuradhapura
Saman Devale - Ratnaputa
Samangala - Ampara
Sandagirigodella - Tissamaharama
Sandagiriya Stupa - Tissamaharama
Sangamuwa Viharaya - Gokarella
Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya - Pallebedda
Sathmahal Pasada - Polonnaruwa
Seenigama Devale - Seenigama, Hikkaduwa
Seetha Amman Temple - Nuwara Eliya
Seethakanda Ancient Monastery - Monaragala
Senanigala Raja Maha Vihara - Dehiattakandiya
Seruvila Mangala Maha Chethiya - Seruwila
Sesuruwa (Ras Vehera)
Shailatharama Viharaya - Karandeniya
Shastraravinda Pirivena - Gokarella
Shiva Kovil (number 1) - Polonnaruwa
Shiva Kovil (number 2) - Polonnaruwa
Shiva Kovil (number 3) And Gansh Kovil - Polonnaruwa
Shiva Kovil (number 4) - Polonnaruwa
Shiva Kovil (number 5) - Polonnaruwa
Silumini Seya - Aranaganwila
Sita Amman Hindu Temple - Seetha Eliya, Nuwara Eliya
Sita Kotuwa - Gurulupotha
Sitawaka Fort and the palace of King Rajasinghe 1 - Avissawella
Sithul Pauwa Viharaya
Somawathiya - Dambulla
Sorabora Tank - Mahiyanganaya
Sri Dalada Maligawa - Temple of the Tooth Relic - Kandy
Sri Kalyanarama Purana Maha Viharaya - Kaluwamodara
Sri Maha Bodhi (The sacred Bo-Tree) - Anuradhapura
Sri Mahindaramaya - Meeduma
Sri Pada Mountain
Sri Sugathabimbaramaya (Nawagamuwa Devale)
Sri Sumangala Pirivena Raja Maha Viharaya - Wariyapola
St. Anne’s Church -Talawila
Star fort at Matara
Sthreepura Cave - Eratna
Stone Book (Gal Potha) - Polonnaruwa
Stone bridges (Gal Palama) - Anuradhapura
Sunethradevi Maha Pirivena - Pepiliyana
Suriyagoda Viharaya - Yati Nuwara  
T
Tangalle fort
Tapovana Monastery - Anuradhapura
Temple of Tooth Relic - Kandy
Thalaguru Rajamaha Viharaya - Galkulama
Thiruketheeswaram Kovil - Mannar
Thivanka Image House - Polonnaruwa
Thuparama - Anuradhapura
Thuparama Image House - Polonnaruwa
Tiriyaya - Girihandu Seya
Tissa Wewa - Tissamaharama
Tissamaharamaya
Tomb of Pussadeva - Pallebedda
Tomb of Rajasinghe 1 of Sitawake - Avissawella
Tonigala Inscriptions - Anamaduwa
Totagamu Raja Maha Viharaya - Telwatta
Tsunami Honganji Viharaya - Paraliya
Twin Ponds (Kuttam Pokuna) - Anuradhapura
U
Uttara Mula of Abayagiri Monastery - Anuradhapura
V
Vakaneri - Valachchena
Vallahagoda Devale - Gampola  
Varana Caves - Yakkala
Vatadage (The Stupa-house) of - Polonnaruwa
Vegiriya Temple and Devalaya - Gampola  
Vessagiriya - Anuradhapura
Viharahinna Ruins - off Galewela
Vilgam Vehera - Trincomaleee
Vijithapura Raja Maha Viharaya - Kalawewa
Vishnu Devalaya - Kandy
Vishnu Kovil (no 2) - Polonnaruwa
Vishnu Kovil (no 4) - Naipena Viharaya - Polonnaruwa
W
Walalgoda Tampita Viharaya - off Panamure
Wasala Walauwa - Tangalle
Wattarama Rajamaha Viharaya - Siyambalanduwa
Weherahena Viharaya - Matara
Weijantha Prasada - Polonnaruwa
Wewurukannala Vihara - Dikwella
Wijayasundararamaya - Dambadeniya
Y
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya - Galle
Yatala Vehera - Tissa
Yudaganawa - Buttala

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