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.
The region, rich in cultural heritage would not only be a highlight, but a privilege, of any visit to Sri Lanka.
Why Visit the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka?
- The extensive ruins of the former capitals, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa
- The climb up the giant rock fortress of Sigirya (also known as Lion Rock)
- Dambulla’s cave paintings and Buddha statues
- Elephants gathering in Minneriya National Park
- Camping in Wilpattu National Park
About the Cultural Triangle
The Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka Buddhism's capital city and founded in the 5th century BCE; Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka's medieval capital famed for its art and architecture; Sigirya,a 5th century fortress sometimes known as Lion Rock, and Dambulla, home to the largest cave monastery in the country. These sites alone merit a visit. The Cultural Triangle also unfolds dark green, tree-bobbled landscapes among fists of rock and the occasional lake where birds flit and elephants dwell.
Our Travel Expert Suggestions
Take a bike and explore the local villages; you’ll be greeted by delighted children along the way. Venture up to the less visited parks of Wilpattu and Wasguma.