Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - DESTINATION SRI LANKA -

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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