if you have no religious interests, visiting a temple or shrine provides enormous insight into Sri Lankan history and culture. Ancient sites such as the UNESCO-listed Dambulla caves temple complex reveal the artistic wonders of the Kingdom period.
The splendid Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy is a national landmark that demonstrates the ongoing reverence accorded to the Buddhist faith here.
Modern temples such as the Gangaramaya Temple in Colombo are joyous places of everyday devotion. When visiting any shrine or temple, your shoulders and legs must be covered and you must remove shoes and hats. If wearing shorts, bring a sarong with you to tie around your waist as a cover-up.
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