Once the capital of Ceylon until 11th century A.D., the famous Anuradhapura ruins encompass a lost kingdom of Sri Lanka. Lined with historic and religious points of interest including the Eight Sacred Sites related to the country’s Buddhist heritage, some of the top attractions in the area include the Ruwan Weli Seya, Sri Maha Bodhiya and Lovamahapaya. Home to ruins of royal palaces and ancient swimming pools, this archaeological wonder harks back to the country’s most illustrious period.