Fascinating History And Culture

The earliest historical kingdom of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura, was founded in the third century BC, marking the beginning of Sri Lankan civilization. Mahinda, the son of Indian emperor Asoka, introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka at this time. The oral teachings of Lord Buddha (the Tripitaka) were first put in writing in Sri Lanka, and the language of these scriptures (Pall) had an impact on the development of the Sinhala language. Buddhism then became a fundamental part of Sinhalese culture and had a significant impact on the development of civilization and literacy on the island.

Over the following few hundred years, Sri Lankan culture underwent significant development: see the magnificent dagobas of Anuradhapura; visit the ruins of ancient Buddhist monasteries, such as Ritigala and Kaludiya Pokuna; marvel at the 2000-year-old ceiling murals of the Dambulla Cave Temple; and ascend to the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress, an astounding engineering achievement built in the 5th century AD. Explore the well-preserved Polonnaruwa Kingdom ruins, as well as less popular locations like Yapahuwa, to learn more about Sri Lanka’s medieval past. You can also pay a visit to Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth, which is home to a revered relic thought to be the tooth of Lord Buddha.

In later years , Arab traders and invading European powers who came to colonise Sri Lanka also impacted significantly on the island’s culture , bringing with them new religion , traditions , languages and food . Explore the many forts that were built around Sri Lanka’s coastline , which were first constructed by the Portuguese before being fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century : these are predominantly found along the east coast , although they can also be seen in Colombo and most famously in Galle , which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site . The introduction of Christianity is evidenced by old churches, which can be seen in areas including Colombo, Negombo and Jaffna

The British occupation of Sri Lanka in the middle of the 1800s profoundly altered its culture. The swift creation of Sri Lanka’s tea industry after lea’s introduction altered the island’s hill country’s topography permanently and made Sri Lanka the fourth-largest exporter of tea in the world. The British also built a railway route that is still in use today and is now regarded as one of the most beautiful train trips in the world to convey the prized product to Colombo, the island’s principal port.

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