Cultural Triangle, Sri Lanka

The area known as the Cultural Triangle is home to five of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. To say there is plenty to see would be an understatement.

Why Visit the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka

  • Explore the extensive ruins of the former capitals, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa
  • Climb up the impressive, giant rock fortress of Sigirya (also known as Lion Rock)
  • Marvel at Dambulla’s cave paintings and Buddha statues
  • Watch the herds of elephants gathering in Minneriya National Park

About the Cultural Triangle

The Cultural Triangle runs from the hill capital Kandy, the first Sinhalese capital of Anuradhapura to the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. Within this triangle you will find the rock fortress of Sigiriya, the cave monastery of Dambulla and the Buddhist centre of Mihintale. Aside from these magnificent sites there are others, of particular note, the mysterious forest monastery of Ritigala. The Cultural Triangle is also renowned for its elephants that gather here and can be seen in Minneriya National Park.  

Our Travel Expert Suggestions

Take a bike and explore the local villages; you’ll be greeted by delighted children along the way. 

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