Discover ancient kingdoms
With a history expanding over 3,000 years, Sri Lanka has some of the world's most ancient cities - the most famed and exquisite is the Kingdom of Anuradhapura, another of Sri Lanka's World Heritage sites. In its heyday tens of thousands of people lived in this city of royal palaces, monasteries, glittering temples, shops and bathing pools. Today, the restored remains are dotted amidst peaceful parks. Among the many bell-shaped temples are Thuparama, which enshrines a relic of Lord Buddha, and Ruwanweli, rebuilt to its original 2nd Century BC bubble shape.