An archeological heritage to promote, Sri Lanka

Colorful buddha, Sri Lanka

In 2013, Sri Lanka hosted 1,2 million tourists. Known for its amazing nature, the archeological heritage of the country is remarkable. Six sites have been listed to the UNESCO World Heritage. Three of them, the historical city of Polonnaruwa, the holy city of Anuradhapura and the sacred city of Kandy make up what we commonly call «the cultural triangle». Within that area, two other listed sites complete the archeological landscape. Cultural or religious, the surrounding touristic industry is one of the main financial inputs for the region.

Temple on the way to Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Believers on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Stupa at Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Believers at Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Stupa on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Young believer on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

White buddha on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Statues of elephants on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Believers on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Stupa on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Believers on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Standing buddha on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Laid buddha on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Since the sites have been listed to the UNESCO World Heritage, the State of Sri Lanka must preserve them. Financial inputs generated by touristic flows is an alternative to support heritage enhancement. According to the touristic strategy 2016 of the country, efforts will be made to diversify offer, improve infrastructures and hotel properties in order to reach 2,5 million tourists. Improving the present to promote the past seems to be the option of Sri Lanka, to follow…

Painting of buddhas at Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Sanctuary of Lankatilaka on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Buddha statue,  Sanctuary of Lankatilaka on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Stupa to renovate on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Buddha on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Hindu temple on the Polonnaruwa site, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya rock, Sri Lanka

Paws of lion on the Sigiriya rock, Sri Lanka

Giant buddha from the Sigiriya rock, Sri Lanka

Stupa on the way to Adam's peak, Sri Lanka

Monk at the royal rock temple of Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Small golden buddha at Dambulla temple, Sri Lanka

Giant golden buddha at Dambulla temple, Sri Lanka

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