Well, what is it so special about this place? Looking at it on a Wikipedia definition, you will see that per se, nothing really. It is a small city in Anuradhapura district with no special attraction inside its own perimeter. But…when you take a look at the bigger picture so to speak, the situation changes completely.
Whatever you wish to do in Sri Lanka, we believe it is wise for you to include Habarana in your itinerary as the perfect hub for the cultural triangle and not only. After a long sightseeing day, this small town provides you with perfect relaxation, starting with a beautiful sunset by Habarana lake or a relaxing massage at one of the ayurvedic spas.
So, where and how can you go from here? Well, everywhere. Let’s start historically and say first you can go to Anuradhapura., the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, the place of Sri MahaBoddhi (the oldest plated tree in the world) and Jethawanaramay (the highest pagoda or stupa in the world) We recommend an early start as all the objectives within the complex are in the light of the son and it may take a lot of the charm of the visit if you are preoccupied with getting a son burn. If you go by car, which we suggest especially if you do not have much time, it will take you one hour to reach there and one to return. If you go by bus, it may take longer and we do recommend that you rent bicycles inside. If you want to have a complex picture of it all, you may want to see Mihintale, part of Anuradhapura complex and cradle of Buddhism. Apart for its importance, it will offer you breathtaking scenarios that will stay long time with you.
Another day can start with Sigiriya, the Lion Rock, and a masterpiece from all points of view you want to see. Also, it has enough drama around it to make a good soup opera too J Now, do go at 7 am, it avoids crowds and heat. It is also a perfect opportunity to try one of my personal favorites in local transport: the tuktuk or three wheeler (I will get back to it and dedicate a whole article to this cute moving object). After this, you may continue with Dambulla and see the famous and best preserved cave temple, the Golden Temple of Dambulla. The paintings are just marvelous, do not miss it.
How is it so far? All good? Perfect…take some rest as there is more to come. You just have to go to Polonnaruwa, not only because it my favorite site in the country, but because it offers a lot more than other places. It is a turning point for the country, the golden age and I always compare it with the Renaissance for Europe. The Middle Eve capital of Sri Lanka had a man of vision in king Parakramabahu I and his ideas, especially when it comes to irrigation systems and water usage, his model is stillbeing n use now with amazing results. Artls, language, culture, poetry, crafts …all were created and developed during the Polonnaruwa period. And, yeah, while in town, do not miss the jack fruit curry…you will not find it easily on the island, also because its preparation takes about 3-4 hours…but do not worry, when you get at the restaurant, Iwill be ready, fresh and waiting for you to try it…