Sam Popham’s Arboretum – Dambulla, Sri Lanka. ~
Take a bicycle tour around Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and go back to an era of beautiful art and architecture. Start from the Archaeological Museum, that houses a marvellous collection of bronze statues, some ancient medical instruments, and a topographical model of the city, as it presumably looked like in the past. The museum introduces you to the impending journey with replicas of the original ruins too. Once you’ve taken in all the information, head to see the palace built by King Parakramabahu I between the period of 1153 – 1186, the Parakrama Samudra, Dambulla Rock Temple and Sigiriya.
Make sure you climb up the Sigiriya rock too. A mighty reminder of the ancient kingdom of Sigiriya, it is one of the most visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the country. The art and architecture, the urban hydraulic system around the site, and the breathtaking views from the top make for a mesmerising experience for the heart and mind.