Sacred Sites in Sri Lanka
Below is an illustrated index of the sacred sites and religious places in Sri Lanka profiled so far on Sacred Destinations, listed in alphabetical order by name. Please note this list is far from comprehensive - many more great sites remain to be added. You can also view these sites on an interactive map of Sri Lanka.
AnuradhapuraNorth Central Province, Sri LankaNow in ruins, this holy city and World Heritage Site was once a major center of Sri Lankan civilization. Sights include huge bell-shaped stupas of small sun-dried bricks, temples, sculptures, palaces, and ancient reservoirs.
Temple of the ToothKandy, Sri LankaThe stunning Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house a tooth of Buddha himself. This relic attracts many white-clad pilgrims bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani.
PolonnaruwaSri LankaThis ancient city was the Sri Lankan capital in the Middle Ages. Many fascinating ruins remain at the site, including a reclining Buddha, seated Buddha and standing Buddha all carved out of a single block of granite. A World Heritage site.