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From a romantic honeymoon to a secluded, intimate holiday, The Paradise Resort & Spa lets you make nothing but cherished memories. However, for those who love their outdoor experience filled with a little more adventure, there are plenty of places and attractions starting with the luscious green forest that blankets the beautiful resort. The Paradise is also in very close proximity to world heritage sites which let you discover some of the greatest ancient civilisations as well as the architectural brilliance of Sri Lanka.

Kaludiya Pokuna

The route leading to this ancient historical site is very pleasant, winding its way through paddy fields and vegetable cultivations - typical rural Sri Lanka, which gives way to beautiful patches of tall, dry monsoon forest. Kaludiya Pokuna lies at the base of a long rocky ridge on the northern periphery of the Knuckles range. It is also home to a wide variety of birds and butterflies. The archaeological site at Kaludiya Pokuna has a few ruins, including a stupa, and centres that were once used by the monks to meditate. Also, there are two ponds from which the name Kaludiya Pokuna has been derived and one may also find ancient rock inscriptions which can be dated back to 853 B.C.

Dambulla Rock Cave Temple

The Dambulla Cave Temple is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and is also the largest and best preserved cave temple in the central part of Sri Lanka near Sigiriya in the Matale district. Major attractions spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings related to Lord Buddha and his life. This Rock cave temple dates back to the 1st century B.C. and contains precious paintings and innumerable Buddha sculptures.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

One of the eight UNESCO designated world heritage sites located in Sri Lanka, legend states that Sigiriya was constructed under the guidance of King Kashyapa, who built this as a safe house and laid the most intense security, combining supreme artistic style, which contained geometrically laid out gardens, pools and fountains. Many associate Sigiriya as the eighth wonder of the world as water technology that had been used to distribute water in conduits by pressure works even today, when there is enough rain water accumulated in the upper ponds. The frescoes drawn on rock walls depicting Sri Lankan maidens have become world famous.

Minneriya National Park

The Minneriya National Park is mostly famed for the large numbers of Sri Lankan elephants that gather in the dry season (at times 400 elephants have been reported). The gathering of Elephants in Minneriya National Park is the largest seasonally recurring concentration of wild elephants found in the world.

Jathika Namal Uyana

The Jathika Namal Uyana was recently declared as a National Heritage site, under the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWLC) and contains the largest Ironwood Forest and the Rose quartz mountains in Asia. Ironwood is endemic to Sri Lanka and its historical significance came into light almost a decade ago.

Dambulla Cricket Stadium

The Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, built in a stunning location, overlooking the Ibbankatuwa Tank (reservoir) and the Dambulla Rock, is a 30,000 seating stadium constructed in record time with the inaugural one-day international match being played between Sri Lanka and England in March 2000.

Mathale Aluviharaya

It is well known and documented that it was at the Matale Aluvihare where Pali, the language of many of the earliest Buddhist scriptures in existance, was first written down on Ola (palm) leaves. The history of Aluviharaya is traced back to the 3rd Century B.C during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa.