Magnificent Wildlife of Sri Lanka-old

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Magnificent Wildlife of Sri Lanka-old

Despite its small size Sri Lanka boasts of one of the highest rates of biological endemism in the world whether in plants or animals and is included among the top five biodiversity hotspots in the world. Of the ninety-one species of mammals found in Sri Lanka Asian elephants, sloth bear, leopards, sambar and wild buffaloes engages the majority of the attention of wildlife enthusiast. Yet the rarest mammals of Sri Lanka are the red slender Loris, Toque Macaque, and Purple-faced Langur, who according to IUCN clarifications are endangered due to habitat loss.

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Most Popular Heritage Locations

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Galle Fort

Built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then fortified by the Dutch

Ancient city of Kandy

Last capital of the ancient kings' era and Temple of tooth

Golden temple of Dumbulla

Cave monastery - a sacred pilgrimage site for 22 centuries

Ancient City of Sigiriya (477–495)

Rock Fortress built by the King Kassapa I (477–95). Sigiriya Frescoes are exquisite paintings.

Polonnaruwa

Ancient city of Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka established in 993.

Anuradhapura

Ancient city of Anuradhapura was political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years.
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