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Once known as the ‘Land of Kings’, the Cultural Triangle is an extraordinary region.

Cultural sites

North from Kandy the area includes the ancient capitals of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the cave temples at Dambulla and the mighty rock fortress of Sigiriya.

Wild elephant

Often overlooked amidst the cultural treasures is the area’s natural wealth, with wild elephant in abundance.

For any visitor with an interest in history or Buddhism (the island’s major religion) it is well worth basing yourself here for at least three nights to explore the area. There are plenty of good hotels and all have swimming pools, at their cooling best after a day’s exploring.

Audley Travel specialist Georgia

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Audley specialist Ellie

Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our Sri Lanka specialists on 01993 838 335

Places to visit in the Cultural Triangle

Featuring heavily on our experiences of visiting the Cultural Triangle, these selected places are destinations that also prove consistently popular with our travellers. Our specialists can help you choose how to include them in your wider trip, based on your preferences.

Suggested itineraries featuring the Cultural Triangle

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in the Cultural Triangle, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Accommodation choices for the Cultural Triangle

We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Cultural Triangle. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.