Immerse yourself in historic cultures and discover vibrant wildlife

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The Cultural Triangle offers phenomenal luxury Sri Lanka holidays that encompass the country’s treasure trove of ancient kingdoms, cultural wonders and vibrant wildlife. Stretching from the three great capitals, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy, the area is strewn with a collection of UNESCO World Heritage sites, making it essential during your encounter with Sri Lanka culture. 

The ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura was Sri Lanka’s first capital. Founded in 380 BC, Anuradhapura is peppered with monasteries, temples and ancient pools. Visit the sacred Bo tree of Sri Maha Bodhi, believed to be the oldest living tree in the world or the enormous dagoba of Jetvana. Polonnaruwa was the second capital city, and its medieval remains are among the best-preserved archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. The city is a complex park of hundreds of ancient structures, temples, tombs and stupas, making it a delight to explore. 

Nearby is Sigiriya, known as Lion Rock, one of Sri Lanka’s most famous sites. The spectacular natural column of rock rises from the tree-dotted plains, soaring to nearly 200m high. The enormous rock’s flat surface houses the remains of an ancient civilisation built in the 5th century thought to be the palace and fortress of the Kassapa Kingdom. Next, stride into the tropical forests and lush wetlands of Minneriya National Park, where wild herds of elephants loiter and play. Visiting the Cultural Triangle will be a pivotal experience during any Sri Lanka holiday. 

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When to go to the Cultural Triangle

The best time to visit Sri Lanka to see its Cultural Triangle is during the dry season of January to March. The days are warm and sunny, and the pleasant temperatures are perfect for packed days of exploring.
April to September also brings dry, sunny weather. However, the temperatures rise to the mid-30 degrees Celsius. If you don’t mind the heat, this is still a great time to visit. We recommend sightseeing early in the morning to avoid the crowds and the heat. This time is also the best if you want to visit a Sri Lanka national park and spot migrating herds of wild elephants.  
The monsoon season for this region (the Maha season) runs from October to December, bringing sporadic downpours. If you visit during this season, expect fewer crowds and lower rates, but bring your raincoat!


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