The earliest remains found in Sri Lanka date back to the prehistoric era, 35,000 years ago, whilst its written history goes back to 543 BC when Aryans settled in the country. With such a long history, this beautiful island is not short of archaeological treasures. While the ‘Cultural Triangle’ is at the centre of most archaeological tours, there are several less known and interesting places to be discovered throughout the country. Our archaeological tours are tailor made to enable travellers to see and experience the best sites with the assistance of expert guides.
From ancient kingdoms, to South Indian invasions, to Colonial rule, to civil war, Sri Lanka’s past has resulted in an unusual combination of sites to suit those with an interest in archaeology. The Cultural Triangle is the most popular region in which to view ancient marvels, as the area has a concentration of ruins that are well preserved and easily accessible. Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy, all UNESCO World Heritage sites, hold many of interesting sites. Sigiriya and Dambulla are the most visited, while Anuradhapura and the medieval kingdom of Polonnaruwa also attract many visitors. Our archaeological tours, taken with experienced and accredited guides are stimulating and interesting. As these are private tours, they can be tailored to both those with a passion for archaeology and the novice. They are conducted at clients’ preferred pace giving them freedom to spend more or less time in each place as desired.
Here are sample itineraries for archaeological tours in Sri Lanka. Click below to read more about archaeology in Sri Lanka or get in touch to receive a detailed itinerary for a tailor-made holiday in Sri Lanka.
Amazing trip! We absolutely loved it. Sri Lanka is now a country we would definitely like to go back to and explore further.Thank you so much for all the work you did in putting the trip together for us. It was a great mix of places for us to get a good feel of the country. We will be encouraging all our friends to go to Sri Lanka.