The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
The cultural triangle draws travellers to Sri Lanka like no other region to gaze upon the ruined cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, to clamber to the summit of Mount Sigiriya, once the fortress of a mad Kandyan king, or walk up the steep steps to the cave temple at Dambulla.
As you explore Sri Lanka’s shimmering central plains, a region where great reservoirs lie in a region of light, scrub jungle, lesser sites also jostle for your attention. There are even several game parks on your doorstep – Minneriya is the most convenient – where you can watch herds of elephants in natural surroundings.
The top hotels in the cultural triangle are so appealing that when other tourists depart for the day you may decide simply to bask by the pool in beautiful rural surroundings. Just you and your loved ones, an occasional monkey and an array of bird life. Or take advantage of the many wellness treatments and yoga classes on offer.
When you seek things to do, Red Dot can offer exclusive experiences in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle to make your holiday that little bit better.
The most intrepid travellers to Sri Lanka can take a hot air balloon trip across the arid plains and jungle landscape of the cultural triangle shortly after sunrise and gaze upon the wonders below.
The ruins of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa are quite extensive so why not explore these ancient civilisations by bicycle – it will help to keep the children happy. In fact, if you just want to cycle gentle along peaceful, flat by-roads by ancient reservoirs, the cultural triangle is the place to be.
At a time when the region is more popular than ever, we can help you discover quiet places to go in the cultural triangle to escape the main tourist trail.
Hidden in forest close to Kandalama, the ruined Buddhist monastery of Kaludiya Pokuna – not to be confused with its namesake near Mihintale - dates back more than 1,200 years and is a haven for bird life. Or you can take a wooded walk up the steps of Ritigala where again other tourists will be in short supply. Strike out for Yapahuwa or admire the giant Buddha of Aukana – all of them excuses to get onto some of the charming by-roads that litter this region.
And don’t forget Mihintale itself, a land of stupas, shrines and caves, where Buddhism originated on the island. It is especially inspiring on a Full Moon day when hundreds of people congregate in silent prayer.