Sri Lanka has eight World Heritage sites, which together celebrate and protect the country's cultural, historical and natural marvels, and highlight the immense diversity of this small Indian Ocean island nation.
Sri Lanka's UNESCO World Heritage sites include the former capital and Buddhist pilgrimage site of Anuradhapura. Then there's the fantastically preserved ancient city of Polonnaruwa and the impressive ruins around and upon the Lion Rock at Sigiriya. These, alongside the sacred cities of Kandy and Dambulla, constitute Sri Lanka's ‘Cultural Triangle' and are easily included in a tailor made travel plan. The Old Town of Galle and its fortifications, on the coast, is the last of Sri Lanka's six cultural centres on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In addition, two of Sri Lanka's excellent natural reserves are also protected under the UNESCO banner. These are the Central Highlands and the beautifully dense Sinharaja Forest Reserve, home to an extraordinarily biodiversity of plants and animals. Combining these natural treasures with the cultural attractions mentioned above is a popular way to experience the best of Sri Lanka travel.