Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilization. Located in the heart of the Cultural Triangle, this ancient city was documented as the first kingdom of Sri Lanka, dating to the 4th century BC. It was during the peak of this kingdom that Buddhism became the established religion in the country, which is signified by the dominating structure of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya along with other temples and ruins dotted around the historic town. Stroll along with the remnants of the past or cycle around the ancient kingdom instead.
Kalawawa National Park: 4,030 hectares, diverse habitats, wildlife including elephants, leopards, and over 100 bird species, with Kalawawa Reservoir, famous for fishing and managed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation.