Cultural Triangle Sri Lanka – A treasure-trove of ancient monuments

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Combining Kandy to the south-west, Anuradhapura to the north and Polonnaruwa to the east, Sri Lanka’s famous cultural triangle features many attractions to spice up your holiday.

Anuradhapura

User: Gobbler at wikivoyage shared, The Ruwanveli Saya Stupa in Anuradhapura, CC BY-SA 3.0
User: Gobbler at wikivoyage shared, The Ruwanveli Saya Stupa in Anuradhapura, CC BY-SA 3.0

Anuradhapura is one of the greatest monastic cities in Sri Lanka and it was home to many kingdoms until the 11th century A.D. The legacy of this ancient kingdom can be well witnessed by the ancient stupas and ancient reservoirs. It was why once the kingdom was known as ‘the cradle of glorious Sinhalese Buddhist civilization’. The immense tanks built by ancient kings remains unchanged since then.

Sigiriya

anonymous, Sigiriya Apprach, CC BY-SA 3.0
anonymous, Sigiriya Apprach, CC BY-SA 3.0

Sigiriya is one of the fascinating sites located in the remote village of Matale district in Sri Lanka. In the 5th century, the city gained utmost popularity when King Kashyapa converted the site into a fortress, palace and a pleasure garden. Its subsurface hydraulic system has made the engineers from all around the world astonished. Tourists who visit this historical site will have a plenty of accommodation options to choose from. Consider staying at one of the best hotels in Sigiriya the likes of Sigiriya Jungles, from which the Lion Rock is 4 minutes away.

Dambulla

PIERRE ANDRE LECLERCQ, Dambulla Temple d'or (3), CC BY-SA 4.0
PIERRE ANDRE LECLERCQ, Dambulla Temple d’or (3), CC BY-SA 4.0

When talking about Dambulla, the first thing that comes to mind is the historic Rock Cave Temple which is built on a 600 feet high rock. Visit this city and get to know its rich history, grandeur, and sanctity. The excellence of Buddhist statuary and religious art has made Dambulla a UNESCO world heritage site.

Kandy

anonymous, Zahntempel Kandy, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons
anonymous, Zahntempel Kandy, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Also known as ‘Maha Nuwara’, Kandy was first established in 1357 by the King Wickramabahu. With misty hills surrounding the fascinating lake, the city has captured the minds of tourists who visit Sri Lanka.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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