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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 eight 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

Pool & River

Cinnamon Citadel

From £59 pp
Bronze Plus

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

From £91 pp

Heritance Kandalama overlooks Sigiriya Rock Fortress and is itself an architectural masterpiece, shaped like a bird's outspread wings.

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.

Local time: GMT +5.5 hours.

Currency: Sri Lankan rupee. Travellers cheques are not accepted.

Language: Sinhala/Tamil. English is also widely spoken.

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.


Sigiriya Climate Chart