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Ancient cities, cave temples and the iconic rock citadel of Sigiriya!
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Understandably appearing at the top of everyone’s wish list, the Cultural Triangle is a must visit region of Sri Lanka, showcasing the history, cultural, religion and architecture of the island’s ancient capitals. Featuring the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the ancient cities of Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa, the rock fortress of Sigiriya and the Dambulla Cave Temples, plus a wonderful collection of lesser known ancient monuments, we recommend a minimum stay of 3 nights if you really want to explore this area.
Dating back to 400BC, the sacred city of Anuradhapura is the first capital city, the most important religious site in the country and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Featuring an impressive collection of palaces, monasteries and 3 giant stupas the site is also home to a sacred Bo Tree, grown from the original tree under which the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment. Further south is the second capital and equally impressive ancient city of Polonnaruwa which includes an incredible 12th century rock sculpture of four giant Buddha statues.
In the heart of the Cultural Triangle sits the Dambulla Cave Temples, a complex of 5 main caves which houses incredible Buddhist rock frescoes and over 150 Buddha statues. It is believed there are another 80 caves in the area! Surrounded by jungle, only a few kilometres from Dambulla, lies another ancient capital and the country’s most iconic attraction, the rock fortress of Sigiriya (Lion Mountain). A climb to the top for the breath-taking views is not to be missed!
Some of lesser known highlights include the forest monastery of Ritigala, the rock temple of Pidurangala and the magnificent Buddha rock sculpture of Aukana . Those looking for a wildlife experience in the Cultural Triangle can also arrange a 4×4 jeep safari into the Minneriya National Park, famous for its impressive elephant herds and home to another 23 mammal species.
Call us now on 01273 923100 to arrange your Sri Lanka Holiday and to create a customised Cultural Triangle itinerary or, if you prefer, request a quote.
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