Reasons to Visit
The Cultural Triangle contains some of Sri Lanka's finest historical sites, including the ancient capitals of Pollonaruwa and Anuradhapura. These vast complexes house temples, palaces, wonderful carvings and huge stupas. Equally jaw-dropping is the Rock Fort of Sigiriya which offers 360° views, more than justifying the climb to the top!
Sri Lanka is famous for its idyllic beaches which stretch from the undeveloped eastern coast all the way around to the west near Colombo. The beaches and the accommodation vary from small intimate boutiques to luxurious resorts on private beaches and larger hotels in more bustling places.
No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without seeing some of its abundant wildlife. The best places to enjoy this are Uda Walawe, Yala, and Minneriya National Park. Here you can enjoy an exciting jeep safari which takes you close to wild elephants, crocodiles and even the illusive leopard.
Sri Lanka rises up from the coast to the hills, a rolling landscape dotted with tea bushes, and interlaced with streams and waterfalls. The lush landscape and cool climate prove to be an ideal combination for tea and Sri Lanka has long been a pilgrimage site for tea planters and tourists looking for the perfect cuppa!
Brightly painted elephants, fireworks, beating drums, and twirling dancers - Sri Lanka's festivals are as colourful and elaborate as the temples they centre on. The country’s largest festival, the Kandy Perahera revolves around the Buddhist Temple of the Tooth which is a must-see on any visit to Sri Lanka.
Some of the country's finest sandy beaches and quiet coves are found along the southern coast. Palm trees and brightly painted fishing boats on the shoreline complete the idyllic scene.
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This large hotel complex is set in spacious grounds sloping down to Kandalama Lake, with dramatic hills forming a scenic backdrop. Accommodation is in air-conditioned chalets or eco-lodges, traditional cottages with walls and floors of packed mud.
Located 11kms (7 miles) from Dambulla, this resort, formerly known as the Culture Club is set amongst 48 acres of gardens and woodland and overlooks the picturesque Kandalama Lake. The luxurious chalets take on the charm of an old Sri Lankan village. Close to both Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla caves, it serves as an ideal base for visiting the Cultural Triangle. Activities offered include tennis, boating, swimming in the idyllic pool, bird watching, jungle trekking as well as an Ayurvedic Health Centre, special theme nights, BBQs and buffets.
The earliest cave temples at Dambulla are thought to date back to the first century BC but successive kings added to them over the years to form the present complex of five separate cave temples. Today they contain around 150 images of Buddha.
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