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Alakolawawe village, Sigiriya, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
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Panapitiya Ambalama
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Padeniya Raja Maha Viharaya
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Kabbella Lena Cave Temple
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Ras Vehera (Sesuruwa) Buddha Statue
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Deepa Uyana
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Nissanga Malla Audience Hall
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Palace of King Nissanka Malla
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Weijantha Prasada
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Kumara Pokuna
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Dalada Maluwa
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Oth Pilimaya
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Sigiriya Water Gardens
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Sigiriya Boulder Gardens
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Sigiriya Terrace Garden
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Hunnas Falls
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