THINGS TO DO IN Yapahuwa

  • Ancient City of Yapahuwa

Most often Yapahuwa goes unnoticed when compared to the other historic capitals in the cultural triangle, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. However, it is a place that showcases Sri Lanka`s rich cultural heritage to perfection.

Situated between Kurunegala and Anuradhapura, Yapahuwa like Sigiriya was built on a rock boulder but at a much lower elevation and served as the capital of Sri Lanka for a relatively short time when compared to the other ancient capitals. It served as both a palace and a fortress though there is evidence that suggests that it was also used as a Buddhist monastery. Though much is not known about Yapahuwa, excavations show that the area had close diplomatic dealings with China. Walk around the ruins and take in the sheer brilliance of ancient architecture as the carvings and stonework such as an ornamental stairway stun you with their intricate designs. Learn more details and see more artifacts at the museum that is situated at the entrance. There are many hotels in Yapahuwa that ensure you enjoy a comfortable stay in this ancient capital city.