This fascinating region in the north-central plains of Sri Lanka was previously known as Rajarta, ‘Land of Kings’, and encompasses the relics of the ancient cities of the Sinhalese Kingdom. These timeless treasures include sacred temples, palaces, rock carvings, gardens and monasteries. The most famous site is the extraordinary UNESCO-protected Sigiriya rock fortress dating back to the fifth century. Nearby the epic Dambulla temple complex is another must-see with its ancient frescoes and over 150 Buddha statues. We also recommend privately guided tours of the spiritual ancient cities of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura.
- Scale to the summit of Sigiriya for the palace remains and epic views
- Allow a full day to explore the sprawling ancient city of Anuradhapura
- Include a visit to Dambulla Caves or the Aluvihare Rock Temple
- Visit no less than four World Heritage sites within this compact region
- Four national parks of diverse terrain and wildlife offer a change of scene
- Natural Wonders
- Cultural Experiences
- Archaeological Sites
Cultural Triangle Map
TRIPS TO INSPIRE
Wondrous and warm-hearted, Sri Lanka enriches and transforms all who visit. From honeymoons to family adventures, safari and solo trips, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of our favorite itineraries.
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- Flights and transfers included
- Best rates guaranteed
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HOW TO BOOK
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