AnuradhapuraPopulation : 99,000District : AnuradhapuraTypical Weather : Warm and SunnyDistance from Colombo : 206 kmHighlight : Anuradhapura is Sri Lanka’s first capital, founded in the 5th century B.C.Attractions : The sacred Bo tree, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanaramaya, Brazen Palace, Thuparama Dagaba, Samadhi Buddha, KuttamPokuna and Mirisavati Dagaba.MihintalePopulation : 22,000District : AnuradhapuraTypical Weather : Warm and SunnyDistance from Colombo : 217 kmHighlight : Situated 11 km east of AnuradhapuraAttractions : This is regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. The rock is dotted with shrines and rock dwellings. A grand stairway of 1840 steps made of granite slabs, 5 metres wide, leads to the summit with its splendid view of the surrounding countryside.PolonnaurwaPopulation : 106,000District : PolonnaruwaTypical Weather : Warm and SunnyDistance from Colombo : 216 kmHighlight : The island’s medieval capital (11th to 13th century A.D.) rose to fame after the decline of Anuradhapura, the first capital.Attractions : Parakrama Samudra, the largest of man-made reservoir, ruins of the King’s Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna, Royal Pavilion, the Vatadage Relic House lavished with moonstones, guard stones and sculptured railing, KiriVehera – the best preserved of all Sri Lanka’s un-restored Dagabas, Gal Vihare – the most impressive sculptures are the colossal Buddha images carved on the face of a granite boulder. The recumbent Buddha measures 14 metres and the standing figure is 7 metres in height.SigiriyaDistrict : MataleTypical Weather : Warm and SunnyDist. from Colombo : 169 kmHighlight : This rock fortress was built by king Kasyapa in the 5th century A.D. and was a royal citadel for more than 18 years.Attractions : In a sheltered pocket, approached by a spiral stairway, on display are the famous frescoes which are still appreciated for their uniqueness. The summit of the rock, with an area of nearly one hectare was the site of the palace, the outer wall of which was built on the very brink of the precipice. The UNESCO – sponsored Central Cultural Fund has restored Sigiriya’s 5th century Water Gardens to their former glory.