Cultural Triangle

a remarkable collection of UNESCO-listed sites

Encompassing the mighty rock fortress at Sigiriya, Dambulla’s atmospheric cave temples and the ancient capitals of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy, the Cultural Triangle is a worthy addition to any Sri Lankan itinerary.

The Cultural Triangle boasts a remarkable collection of UNESCO-listed sites, each offering a fascinating insight into the history and culture of Sri Lanka. From the vast monasteries of Anuradhapura to the well-preserved relics of Polonnaruwa, exploring these enchanting ruins is likely to be the highlight of your trip.

Sigiriya, otherwise known as the Lion Rock, is Sri Lanka’s best known land mark and a truly impressive archeological site. Towering 200 meters above the central plains, this iconic rock fortress was originally carved in the shape of a lion, the shape and feet of which are still visible today. Climb the lion’s staircase to the top to find ancient frescoes, inscriptions and the remnants of a fifth century palace.

Explore the sacred city of Kandy on foot and discover its elaborately carved murals, shrines and beautiful architecture. The city is home to the Temple of the Tooth, a major pilgrimage site for Sri Lankan Buddhists which is said to house the tooth of Buddha in a golden casket.

Don’t miss out on Dambulla’s carefully preserved cave complex; the largest of its kind in Sri Lanka with over 150 Buddha statues as well as statues of Sri Lankan royalty. Get in touch with us and we’ll be able to put together a tailor-made itinerary to the Cultural Triangle that’s right for you. 

  • Ayesha provided superb advice - she is to be commended! We had the most excellent adventure - everything went smoothly, first time in any of our India trips!

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    JK, India, 2014