With ancient cities, sculptures abandoned in the jungle, temples of peace and tranquility and treasured religious relics, it’s the Buddhist trail that has made Sri Lanka a destination for the spiritual and the adventurous alike.The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, located in the beautiful lakeside town of Kandy, contains the tooth that was saved from Buddha’s funeral pyre and brought to the island. The sacred relic is taken in procession around the town on the back of an enormous tusker during the Buddhist month of Esala (August). A few hours north, near the dusty town of Dambulla are the Royal Rock Temples which are five caves that were the site of a Buddhist monastery and contain some of the religion’s most important murals and statues, dating back to the 1st century BC. The UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Anuradhapura is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and was the center of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. It is here that a sapling from the historic Bodhi tree under which Buddha became enlightened was planted in 288 BC and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. It’s this history, coupled with the sense of calmness that makes Sri Lanka’s Buddhist trail such a joy to visit.