Kiri Vehera at Polonnaruwa
Photo and Text by Siri
Sri Lanka has a history that goes back to the times, six centuries before the birth of Christ. When the Greek empire was expanding in the Mediterranean, and other population centers were emerging from the late stone age, Sri Lanka was a country with a highly developed civilization. In the north-central region of the island there were well planned cities, like Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa, linked by an intricate road system. A marvelous irrigation system of man-made reservoirs, linked with wide canals, that are still in use today, provided the essential water to cities as well as farms.

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