Amazing Sights in Sri Lanka
Explore Sri Lanka, the small island off the coast of India. Check out some of the country's amazing sights, including the Golden Temple, Sigiriya rock, Yala National Park and Ramboda Falls.
sri-lanka-amazing-sights_ss_001A Sri Lankan fisherman sits near the outrigger of a fishing vessel known as an oruva in Negombo, just before sunset. Each day, fisherman take their oruvas out to the open sea and return to the town's fish market with their fresh catch along with lobsters, crabs and prawns from the nearby lagoon. 960 1280
sri-lanka-amazing-sights_ss_011Buddhist pilgrims and tourists flock to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy for a glimpse of Lord Buddha's canine tooth encased in a gold, jewel-encrusted cone. The temple is a former palace filled with elaborate paintings and carvings, and topped with a golden roof. 960 1280
idea_ss_seven-wonders_chichen-itza_596x334The main attraction of Chichen Itza is the pyramid also known as El Castillo. Built sometime between 1000 and 1200, the pyramid was used as a temple to the god Kukulkan. Archaeologists believe that the pyramid also served as a calendar for the Mayas. In total it has 365 steps -- one for each day of the year. 960 1280
idea_ss_seven-wonders_colosseum-2_596x334The Colosseum sat nearly 50,000 spectators, and its design still influences the construction of modern-day amphitheaters. Earthquakes and stone-robbers have left the Colosseum in a state of ruin, but portions of the structure remain open to tourists. 960 1280
idea_ss_seven-wonders_machu-pichu_596x334Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Inca archaeological site, sits 7,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains of Peru. It is often referred to as the 'Lost City of the Incas,' because it was known only to locals until it was discovered in 1911 by American historian Hiram Bingham. 960 1280
idea_ss_seven-wonders_petra-2_596x334The entrance to the city of Petra is through a narrow gorge, flanked on either side by 250-foot cliffs. The most recognizable building in Petra is the Treasury, carved completely out of rock as a tomb for a Nanataean king. The building's façade stands almost 150 feet high. 960 1280
idea_ss_seven-wonders_taj-mahal_596x334Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan was so distraught by the passing of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal, that he commissioned an elaborate mausoleum to be built for her. The Taj Mahal shines as a symbol of eternal love and was built entirely of white marble. Construction stretched over a period of 22 years, beginning in the 1630s. 960 1280
Mumbai, IndiaThe father of a slain rabbi's wife lights a menorah in front of the landmark Gateway of India monument in Mumbai, a month after militants attacked several sites in the city, including a Jewish cultural center, back in 2008. Mumbai is currently home to 8 synagogues. Plans are underway to rebuild the Jewish center.