Sri Lanka: A world of wonders


In Sri Lanka, our nine-day road trip took us to the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya, the sacred city of Kandy, and ended in the nation’s capital, Colombo. In the former royal cities of the north-central region, we explored the 2,000-year-old legacy of the Sinhalese culture that gave the world colossal built-brick monuments, sacred Bodhi Tree shrines, cave temples and sublime images of the Buddha. Buddhism came to Sri Lanka by way of India in the 3rd century BC and remains the dominant religion of the land. A stronghold of Theravada Buddhism, Sri Lanka played a pivotal role in the spread of the teachings throughout Southeast Asia. Heading north toward the cultural triangle, we came across fertile and abundant farmlands, lakes and reservoirs that enhanced a remarkably green landscape, well–tended fields and rural dwellings. The name Sri Lanka, meaning “sacred and resplendent land,” appeared true to form.