UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is home to 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of those, there are 6 cultural sites, 2 natural sites and 0 mixed sites. Sri Lanka shares 0 of those sites with other countries.


The World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka are:

  • Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
    Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993.
  • Ancient City of Sigiriya

    Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
    The ruins of the capital built by the parricidal King Kassapa I (477–95) lie on the steep slopes and at the summit of a granite peak standing some 180m high (the ‘Lion’s Rock’, which dominates the jungle from all sides).
  • Sacred City of Anuradhapura

    Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
    This sacred city was established around a cutting from the ‘tree of enlightenment’, the Buddha’s fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns.
  • Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

    Galle, Sri Lanka
    Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, Galle reached the height of its development in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British.
  • Sacred City of Kandy

    Kandy, Sri Lanka
    This sacred Buddhist site, popularly known as the city of Senkadagalapura, was the last capital of the Sinhala kings whose patronage enabled the Dinahala culture to flourish for more than 2,500 years until the occupation of Sri Lanka by the British in 1815.
  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve

  • Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple

  • Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

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