Heritage: our inheritance from our forefathers; beyond the tangible, our culture of caring and giving and respect for elders, is our most prized and recognized
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, Sep 7, 2011
Sri Lankan Calling Vol.03 - Special Edition
Heritage: our inheritance from our forefathers; beyond the tangible, our culture of caring and giving and respect for elders, is our most prized and recognized legacy.
The many sites of historical and archeological significance, the multitude of forms of art - from dance to decorative craft, be they in beads or brass, Sri Lanka has got it all.
For the traveler making his way through places of interest, to experience cultures unique to the destinations; looking at artifacts and engaging in activities, Sri Lanka’s Heritage Tourism offer defies description.
We have 8 UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites which draw many visitors to Sri Lanka each year. Sigiriya: King Kasyapa’s palace on the rock from where the view is just Simply Lovely as Prof Kotler a recent visitor described.
Dambulla Rock Cave – the Buddha statues and paintings on the rock have kept many a visitor enthralled for hours.
Galle Fort and its Dutch period architecture and fortifications are a more recent Heritage.
The sacred city of Kandy which is home to the Sri Dalada Maligawa the temple of the Tooth Relic of Gautama Buddha which celebrates and announces to the world our rich history is held in August.
Anuradhapura an ancient city which dates back to the 4th century BC boasts of exceptional archeological finds and of architectural marvels of exceptional beauty in the many Buddhist monuments found there.
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa is also listed because of its outstanding cultural importance and its value to humankind as all of the other UNESCO World Heritage listed sites do.
The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is the 7th and the 8th and the most recent addition to World Heritage is the Central Highlands which comprises the Peak Wilderness Protected Area, the Horton Plains National Park and the Knuckles Conservation Forest.
These Heritage sites which have been preserved for all of humankind, is Sri Lanka’s gift of Heritage to the world, while other cultural inheritances also adorn our little island and contributes to making it the ‘Wonder of Asia’.
Please note that a major web upgrading initiative of Sri Lanka Tourism is also underway. We call on all tourism industry stakeholders to keep sending us snippets of news so we could include them in the weekly newsletters, we will bring to you on an improved format.
Sri Lanka Tourism wishes to thank all stakeholders for their wonderful support and assistance and wishes to invite them to get involved with 'Sri Lanka calling'.
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