Once known as the ‘Land of Kings’, the Cultural Triangle is an extraordinary region.
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.
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.
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.
Map of the Cultural Triangle
Places & hotels on the map
Places in and around the Cultural Triangle
- Anuradhapura The Cultural Triangle
- Dambulla The Cultural Triangle
- Minneriya National Park The Cultural Triangle
- Polonnaruwa The Cultural Triangle
- Sigiriya The Cultural Triangle
- Pallepolla 35 miles away
- Trincomalee 54 miles away
- Kandy 58 miles away
- Passikudah 68 miles away
- Nuwara Eliya 81 miles away
- Negombo 82 miles away
- Hatton 85 miles away
- Adam's Peak 91 miles away
- Horton Plains 92 miles away
- Bandarawela 94 miles away
- Colombo 98 miles away
- Wadduwa 111 miles away
- Uda Walawe National Park 114 miles away
- Jaffna 115 miles away
- Sinharaja Biosphere 121 miles away
- Yala National Park 124 miles away
- Bentota 125 miles away
- Tangalle 146 miles away
- Galle 147 miles away
- The Southern Coast 152 miles away
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.