Sri Lanka is a country of great civilization with a history of over 2500 years. In many places there are those ruined cities.
Kandy is the cultural capital of the island and home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic (pictured bottom), said to contain a tooth of the Buddha himself.
At Anuradhapura, big bits of Sri Lanka’s cultural and religious heritage sprawl across 3 sq km. In the centre is one of the world’s oldest trees, the Sri Maha Bodhi (more than two thousand years old). That it has been tended uninterrupted by recordkeeping guardians for all those centuries is enough to send shivers down the spine. The surrounding fields of crumbling monasteries and enormous dagobas (stupas) attest to the city’s role as the seat of power in Sri Lanka for a thousand years. Biking through this heady past is a thrilling experience.