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The Cultural Triangle

 

Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle covers the region north of Kandy, and includes Sri Lanka's historic capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the amazing rock citadel of Sigiriya, the cave temples of Dambulla and the Mineriya-Giritale National Parks.

This is one of Sri Lanka’s most fascinating regions and is a great place to spend a few days exploring some superb ancient ruins, reclining buddhas, magnificent frescoes and some of Sri Lanka’s best scenery and wildlife.

A visit to Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle can easily be combined with a safari in Wilpattu National Park, a stay on one of Sri Lanka's East Coast beaches or as part of a longer Sri Lanka tour including Kandy and the Hill Country.

There are plenty of great luxury and eco boutique hotels in Sri Lanka's dry zone, especially around Sigiriya.

 

Discover The Cultural Triangle

Wild Grass Nature Resort

Tranquil boutique haven in Sigiriya - privacy and luxury amongst the forest. Just 5 Private Villas.

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Sigiriya Nature Resort
3 Nights from
£795pp
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Jim's Farm Villas

Ideally located for exploring the Cultural Triangle and nearby sights such as the Knuckles Range or even Kandy.

Lovely Rural Location
Great Base for Exploring
3 Nights from
£850pp
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Athena Lake Hotel

Boutique hotel in a tranquil lakeside setting convenient for ancient cities and Dambulla.

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Lakeside Boutique Hotel
3 Nights from
£875pp
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Jetwing Vil Uyana

Luxury Eco-hotel amidst reed beds and paddy fields by a man-made lake in the shadow of Sigiriya.

Highly Recommended
Eco-Luxury Resort
3 Nights from
£940pp
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Ulagalla

Small luxury eco-hotel in Anuradhapura. Discover Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle and linger longer in the region's best hotel.

Region's Top Hotel
Anuradhapura Eco-luxe
3 Nights from
£1044pp
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Wilpatu - Kulu Safaris

Experience the best of Sri Lanka's Wildlife with Kulu Safaris - tailor made Wildlife tours in Wilpattu National Park.

Luxury Safari Experience
Wilpattu National Park
2 Nights from
£495pp
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Easy Sri Lanka in Style

Browse a few suggested combinations for luxury 2 and 3 centre Sri Lanka holidays - mix culture, wildlife, scenery & relaxation.

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Luxury Sri Lanka
8 Nights from
£1185pp
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Relaxing Sri Lanka

Enjoy the best of Sri Lanka at a gentle pace, visiting the highlights - with time for relaxation in one of Sri Lanka's boutique beach resorts.

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Touring & Boutique Beach
8 Nights from
£1195pp
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Classic Family Sri Lanka

Staying in smaller family friendly accommodation, this is a perfect option for a varied and exciting Sri Lanka family holiday.

Two Week Family Holiday
Classic Family Holiday
13 Nights from
£1295pp
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Discover Sri Lanka Family Holiday

Climb Sigiriya Rock fortress, search for Leopards, visit an Elephant Sanctuary, enjoy the beach and go Dolphin watching.

Kandy, Sigiriya, Wilpattu, Beach
Family Adventure
12 Nights from
£1350pp
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Wilpattu, Sigiriya & Kandy

Safari in Wilpattu & explore the Cultural Triangle. Extend to a longer trip with Kandy, Hill Country and/or the beach.

8 night option with Kandy
Wildlife & Culture
6 Nights from
£1350pp
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Highlights of Sri Lanka

Enjoy the best of Sri Lanka at a gentle pace, visiting the highlights - with time for relaxation in one of Sri Lanka's boutique beach resorts.

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Sigiriya, Kandy & Beach
12 Nights from
£1395pp
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Classic Sri Lanka Tours

Browse our Classic Sri Lanka Tours including the Hill Country, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, National Parks, Galle and boutique beach add ons.

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The Best of Sri Lanka
12 Nights from
£1795pp
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Sri Lanka & The Maldives

Sri Lanka & the Maldives offer a compelling combination of culture, cuisine, scenery, history and some of the world's best beaches.

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Tour & Beach Combinations
12 Nights from
£2595pp
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Sigiriya

One of Sri Lanka's most symbolic attractions, the imposing rock fortress of Sigiriya has been under human use since at least the 4th century BC when it was used as a Buddhist Monastery.

In the 5th Century the rock was utlised as a Royal Palace and was used as such until the 14th Century when it's use converted back to a Monastery.

Once the centre of a short lived Kingdom in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is an imposing presence in the landscape and Sigiriya is Sri Lanka's most visited attraction for good reason.

The setting is spectacular and the views from 180 metres above the plain are quite spectacular.

The main entrance to the Palace was once taken up by a huge stone carved lion, of which only the paws remain, nevertheless still quite an imposing sight.

Sigiriya is known in Sri Lanka as the "Lion Rock".

Sigiriya is a great base for exploring Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle as Sri Lanka's ancient capitals are all within day excursion range.

 

Frescoes

The famous frescoes of Sigiriya can be viewed on a small platform a short distance up the rock face.

Formerly covering the whole of the western wall of Sigriya, only 18 frescoes still remain, celebrating female beauty.

Visiting Sigiriya

Sigiriya is best visited early or late in the afternoon outside the hottest hours of the day.

It's a steep climb up but manageable for the averagely fit.

There are 1250 steps to the top and it can take up to two hours at a very easy pace.

Don't forget to take bottled water and a hat because the sun can be fierce.

Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is one of Sri Lanka's ancient capitals and was the seat of Sri Lankan power for over a thousand years and the centre of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka for hundreds of years.

Today vast dagobas and tall brick-built towers evoke former glories of the period between the 4th and 11th centuries when Anuradhapura was the Sinhalese capital.

Anuradhapura is still a large population centre in Sri Lanka today and as such is one of the world's oldest coninually inhabited cities.

The drive from Colombo is about 4 hours and a visit to Anuradhapura is often combined with a safari in Wilpattu or a stay in Sigiriya.

The Ruwanwelisaya is Anuradhapura's most voluminous building, totally white-washed and a striking sight.

The Jetavana is another of Anuradhapura's most imposing buildings and a very sacred Buddhist site.

Anuradhapura Today

Still vibrant and alive as a place of worship and celebration, Anuradhapura is no mere historical site.

The city is held sacred in much of the Buddhist world and today, monasteries dot the surrounding area.

The Bhodi Tree Temple is Sri Lanka's second most sacred site (after the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy) and is marked by a Bodhi Tree supposedly grown from a cutting of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment.

Remember when visiting Anuradhapura and other sacred monuments in Sri Lanka it is polite to walk around to the left, so that your right hand is always facing the monument.

Ulugalla is a fabulous luxury eco-hotel in Anuradhapura and highly recommended.

Polonnaruwa

Almost a thousand years ago Polonnaruwa was the centre of a Sri Lankan Kingdom and a busy commerical and religious centre.

Nowadays, the remains of Polonnaruwa attract visitors from around the world and are a real highlight on any tour of sri Lanka.

Tombs and Temples, Stupas, Statues and Moonstones mean that a visit to Polonnaruwa is a varied experience with something new at every turn.

Visiting Polonnaruwa

The various ruins can be easily visited on foot as everything is quite compact, although to see everything is quite a walk (up to 10 km to cover everything).

Walking around the ruins of Polonnaruwa it's not difficult to envisage how the city might have appeared and felt in its heyday.

Bicycle is a popular option and something we can easily arrange should you wish.

Polonnaruwa is where you will see the huge seated and recling buddhas, one of the most photographed sights in Sri Lanka.

Dambulla

Just a short distance off the Kandy to Sigiriya road, Dambulla is an important religious sight in Sri Lanka, famous for its caves filled with Buddhist images and for it's frescoed cave walls.

There are 5 separate caves at Dambulla which contain statues and paintings.

The murals at Dambulla cover over 2,000 square kilometres.

Visiting Dambulla

Dambulla is best visited either as an excursion from Sigiriya or en-route between Sigiriya and Kandy.

the caves at Dambulla are easily accessed and are just a short uphill walk from the parking area.

There is no real reason to stay in Dambulla itself and we recommend staying in Sigiriya where there are several great accommodation options.