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The Cultural Triangle

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Uncover Sri Lanka’s glorious past

The dry, flat area northeast of the Hill Country is known as the Cultural Triangle and is a treasure trove of famous archaeological sites and ancient monuments. The Triangle is home to five of Sri Lanka’s nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the cave temples of Dambulla; Sri Lanka’s first ancient capital Anuradhapura; Polonnarawa, the second ancient capital; the Sigiriya rock fortress and sacred Kandy.

Why visit the Cultural Triangle?

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Renowned Temple of the Tooth
  • Kandy Esala Perahera
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Incredible cave temples
  • Ancient capitals
  • Pinnewala Elephant Sanctuary
  • Minneriya National Park
Browse hotels

Browse Accommodation

Cinnamon Citadel- Exterior

Cinnamon Citadel

From £65 pp

Cinnamon Citadel fuses retro chic design with the rich heritage of this ancient kingdom from its position close to the historic monuments of the Cultural Triangle.

Heritance Kandalama - Exterior

Heritance Kandalama

From £75 pp

This very special hotel, designed by renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, is flanked by two UNESCO World Heritage sites - Dambulla cave temple and the Sigiriya rock fortress.

Jetwing Vil Uyana

Jetwing Vil Uyana

From £115 pp
The Prestige Collection - for those who demand the ultimate in luxurious accommodation

Jetwing Vil Uyana is a true lifestyle hotel, sitting within the shadow of Sigiriya Rock, with an eco-friendly collection of 30 stilted dwellings set around a man-made lake.

Ulagalla Resort - Exterior

Ulagalla Resort

From £132 pp

Ulagalla Resort is a unique boutique hotel, set within a vast 58 acre estate, with panoramic views brilliantly placed for visiting Sri Lanka's main cultural sites.

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The facts:

Getting there: From Colombo, Sigiriya and Habarana are around 4 hours drive and both Kandy and Dambulla are 3.5 hours drive.

Best time to travel: The Cultural Triangle region is dry for much of the year, with June and July being the hottest times, while November and December bring some welcome rainfall.

Kandy Climate:

Kandy Climate Chart