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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 archaeological site. Towering 200 metres 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. 

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The Theva Residency, Kandy Cultural Triangle

The Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic with its saffron robed monks. Devales and monasteries. A sacred lake with cormorants, pelicans, fish eagles and egrets. A national museum that was once a harem. The turbulent …

Santani Wellness Resort, Kandy Cultural Triangle

Ever returned from a holiday feeling like you need another one to recover? Check into the Santani Wellness Resort on your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka and you’ll …

The Kandy House, Kandy Cultural Triangle

A stylish refuge just outside of Kandy, the boutique Kandy House is more akin to a private home where personal service and attention to detail are of the highest order. Originally built for the last …

Kings Pavillion, Kandy Cultural Triangle

A luxurious hillside boutique, Kings Kandy Pavilion’s location affords it some truly magnificent mountain views. Not only does it offer easy access to the region’s myriad attractions - the Temple of the Tooth …

Ashburnham Estate, Kandy Cultural Triangle

Beautifully converted from a traditional, 1930s planter’s residence, Ashburnham Estate has retained much of its historic charm. The property offers just six spacious guestrooms, each decorated in its own unique style but all with …

Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura Cultural Triangle

The sun jinks into your chalet through the slatted blinds. You can hear the wind murmuring in the treetops that surround your Sri Lankan bungalow. You can also smell the fresh coffee that’s about …

Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sigiriya Cultural Triangle

Vil Uyana is perfectly positioned to offer you supreme wildlife viewing in a number of different eco-systems, combined with tours of the Cultural Triangle. Deliberately so – because this luxury eco-hotel sits beside a specially created, …


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