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Classical Sri Lanka

Historical and Cultural Heritage of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, boasts a rich cultural and historical heritage dating back over 2,500 years. Ancient cities and ruins, dotting the landscape, can be experienced firsthand by visitors to the country.

Anuradhapura, which is located in the North Central Province, is a popular ancient city to visit. Having been the capital of Sri Lanka for over 1,300 years, it is home to many ancient ruins, including the sacred Bodhi Tree, under which the Buddha attained enlightenment, as well as the Sri Maha Bodhi, the oldest recorded tree in the world. A glimpse into the past and an opportunity to explore the city’s rich cultural heritage is offered by Anuradhapura, which is considered a must-see for history buffs.


Sigiriya, located in the Matale District, is another ancient city that should not be missed. This rock fortress, also known as “The Lion Rock,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the most important architectural and engineering feats of the ancient world. Visitors can climb to the top of the rock to see the remains of an ancient palace and stunning views of the surrounding countryside, offering a unique and unforgettable experience that combines history and natural beauty.

Polonnaruwa & Kandy

Polonnaruwa, located in the North Central Province, and Kandy, located in the Central Province, are other ancient cities and ruins in Sri Lanka that are worth visiting. Polonnaruwa, which was the second capital of Sri Lanka, is an important archaeological site, while Kandy is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred Buddhist shrines in the world.

In addition to its rich ancient history, Sri Lanka is also known for its natural beauty, from lush tropical forests to pristine beaches, ancient temples to stunning waterfalls and wildlife. The country is also home to many national parks and nature reserves such as Yala National Park and Sinharaja Forest Reserve, which are home to a wide variety of plants and animals, and can be explored by visitors.

In conclusion, Sri Lanka is a destination that should not be missed for those interested in classical history and culture. A unique and unforgettable experience is offered by the country, which has something for everyone, from ancient cities and ruins to natural beauty. The classical beauty of this pearl of the Indian Ocean can be discovered by planning a vacation to Sri Lanka.


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With its extensive coast-line and numerous reservoirs and lakes, Sri Lanka is an excellent place to cast your line and participate in the exciting sport of inland and deep sea fishing. Inland fishing can be arranged at any time of year due to the constant smoothness of the water on inland waterways and reservoirs located around Sri Lanka.


Wingway Holidays is proud to present Helication, an exclusive helicopter tour service that offers a unique and unforgettable experience in Sri Lanka. Our special helicopter tours are designed to take you on a journey that you cannot find anywhere else in the country. 

Our exclusive helicopter tours are perfect for making your special moments memorable. Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a family vacation, we have something for everyone. Book your tour today and experience Sri Lanka like never before!


If you prefer cycling but aren’t so keen on struggling with uphill climbs, there are many interesting trails in the lowlands of Sri Lanka that take you through a beautiful landscape of tea, rubber, and spice plantations or even the ancient capital of POLONNARUWA . For those seeking more of a challenge, the Sri Lankan hill country locations offer a number of steeper trails that are only suitable for more experienced mountain bikers. Whatever your experience and fitness level, the diversity of Sri Lanka has something for everyone who wants to take part in the exhilarating activity of cycling and mountain biking! We can even arrange trips moving from one location to another (and transporting luggage by a support vehicle) – just let us know what you want to do and we’ll help you do it!


Canoeing in Sri Lanka is a unique and exciting way to explore the island’s beautiful rivers, streams, lagoons, and jungles. With its numerous waterways, Sri Lanka offers a wide range of options for canoeing, from peaceful floats to challenging whitewater rapids.

Overall, canoeing in Sri Lanka is an amazing way to explore the island’s natural beauty, experience the country’s rich wildlife and culture, and enjoy a unique outdoor activity. Whether you’re an experienced canoeist or a beginner, there are plenty of options for canoeing in Sri Lanka to suit your skill level and interests. So pack your bags and come discover the best canoeing experience in Sri Lanka.


Often referred to as the ‘pearl in the Indian Ocean’, Sri Lanka offers world-class Scuba-Diving and Snorkelling tours. A multitude of tropical fish, magnificently colourful coral reefs and fascinating ship wrecks can be explored at several locations off the south coast of Sri Lanka.

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