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Be dazzled by Sri Lanka's myriad of cultural hotspots and UNESCO sites when you visit the fabled Cultural Triangle.

This magnificent region spans an impressive area from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa over to Dambulla, and covers every dazzling place in between. Home to a spectacular array of cultural landmarks, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lush jungle landscapes and majestic temples, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to tours and things to do in Sri Lanka. From the stunning river views in Kandy to the sublime remains of the ancient city Polonnaruwa, there’s an endless number of places to visit in the Cultural Triangle, and each and every landmark will take your breath away.

At the end of your adventure-filled days, unwind in the opulent comfort of your luxury Sri Lanka hotel, reflect on all of the phenomenal sights that you observed that day and try to prepare your mind for the marvellous tours that are still to come. Take refreshing dips in private plunge pools, snooze on plush day beds or recuperate with sumptuous spa treatments; a trip to Sri Lanka guarantees that you won’t have a single moment of boredom.


We recommend pairing Sri Lanka with a luxury beach holiday to the Maldives. Experience the very best of culture & safaris with white beaches & overwater villas. Sri Lanka is home to so many incredible destinations and there's so many different ways to explore the island, depending on what you would like to see and do! 

  • We recommend spending 3 nights in the Cultural Triangle to see all of the incredible UNESCO sites and climb the majestic Sigiriya Rock. Discover the amazing Golden Buddha Caves in Dambulla and take a trip to the Minneriya National Park to see exotic wildlife before spending a night in Kandy. Surround yourself with soothing incense in the mystifying Temple of the Tooth before heading back to relax in the comfort of your luxury hotel.  

  • After that, catch the train to beautiful Ella and spend 3 nights relaxing in the hills, head into the emerald jungle to find Ravana Falls, a cascading waterfall straight from a fairytale! Head south to Yala National Park for 2 nights of safaris, you'll love seeing elephants as well as the largest gathering of gorgeous leopards! 

  • Finish your dream Sri Lanka holiday on the picturesque beaches of Galle or the in bustling capital of Colombo, an easy stop to incorporate into your itinerary with its airport.  
The Cultural Triangle
Jetwing Vil Uyana
Kibissa, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s natural beauty has been a secret from most travellers for many years, and only recently are increasing numbers of visitors witnessing the mesmerising mountainsides, legendary tea plantations, pristine beaches and impressive wildlife that the island has to offer.
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Ulagalla by Uga Escapes
Tirappane, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s stunning landscape of misty mountains, lush jungles, incredible wildlife and ancient ruins have drawn increasing numbers of visitors to it’s shores in recent years, and Ulagalla captures the island’s beauty by offering guests a wealth of opportunities to
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Cinnamon Lodge Habarana
Habarana, Sri Lanka
Situated within the beautiful lush greenery and tropical flora that defines the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle sits Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, a 5-star luxury resort that entices travellers from across the world who seek a sanctuary of tranquility and
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The Cultural Triangle

The Cultural Triangle lies in a region that sees very little rainfall throughout the year, making it an ideal holiday destination in most months. There is high rainfall in November and December, and June and July sees strong winds, but the area remains mostly dry and experiences fantastic weather for the rest of the year.




























Things to do in
The Cultural Triangle
Sigiriya Rock

Sri Lanka may be small, but this tiny island is full of things to see and do, and a trip here is incomplete without visiting the fabled Sigiriya Rock.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 5th century and once housed a fortress owned by a powerful king. Climb the winding staircases to the top of this huge boulder and you’ll not only see first-hand this incredible feat of ancient Sri Lankan engineering, but you’ll also get to enjoy breath-taking views of the island’s emerald-hued hillsides and valleys.

Dambulla Golden Buddha Caves

Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC.

As soon as you arrive you'll see the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex. Head inside and you'll find the incredible ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Look at the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves, and visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. Explore two of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO-listed highlights on a privately guided day trip to Dambulla and the Sigiriya Rock from Kalutara.

Minneriya National Park

For visitors looking to experience an up close and personal encounter with the incredible wildlife of Sri Lanka, a trip to the Minneriya National Park in the North Central province is an absolute must.

Hop in a Jeep and experience a safari like no other, with lush landscapes heavily populated by all manner of exotic animals. From the majesty of leopards to the magnificence of peacocks, from colossal elephants to delicate hummingbirds, animal lovers will find nothing but pure delight while observing a unique amalgam of creatures in their natural habitats.


The Cultural Triangle sits within a breathtakingly beautiful landscape of emerald tea terraces, verdant forests and rolling hills; making it a fantastic destination for hiking.

You can either opt for cycling expedition or make spend the day exploring on foot, but we recommend setting aside at least a day to explore this absolutely stunning location. The national parks are home to exotic birdlife, hidden waterfalls and wildlife that you may never see elsewhere!

Sri Lankan Cuisine

Sri Lanka’s unique location has greatly benefitted the cuisine is much, with influences coming from both South East Asia and India.

The Cultural Triangle is a great place to try a wealth of mouth-watering Sri Lankan dishes, we’ll let you in on some of our favourites! Kottu roti is an absolutely delicious dish that you’ll find both in the finest restaurants and the street food stands, it’s similar to fried rice but it uses a type of flat, crispy bread instead with spicy curry sauce. Another great dish is kukul mas curry, which is a delicious coconut-based chicken curry, and you cannot beat hoppers for breakfast; Sri Lanka’s answer to the pancake!

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GMT +5.30

Best Time To Travel:

May - October

Flight Time:

10h 45m

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