Take a walk down the monumental cultural triangle of Sri Lanka

The paradise island of Sri Lanka although small holds one of the longest and richest histories known to man, the influence of which can be seen coursing through the veins of every Sri Lankan even today. Ceylon’s famed cultural triangle has a diverse range of Buddhist Temples, Sculptures, Ancient Monasteries, and Stupas, some of which date back over 2000 years. The area also includes various UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Kandy which you can visit in Your Sri Lanka Tours.

We at Olanka Travels are here to give you an insight into the much accredited and historical cultural triangle of the country with emphasis on its three primary locations which are Kandy, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Let us plan a truly memorable island getaway inclusive of these truly monumental historical locations of Lanka.


Discover the unique history, rich culture, magnificent beauty, and old-world charm of the country’s second-biggest city. When visiting Kandy, a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is a must. It is one of the most scenic and renowned Buddhist temples in the country. Step inside to immerse yourself in the city’s long and spectacular history.

The temple, located in the heart of the town and surrounded by the glistening Kandy Lake, also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, was once the royal palace inhabited by the king of Ceylon and his consorts during the Kandyan Kingdom, but after the demise of the Kandyan Kingdom, the palace was transformed into a Buddhist temple that houses Lord Buddha’s sacred tooth.

Ensuring a journey into the life of an ancient king, visit the quaint village of Dambulla and revel in its beauty and history. Dambulla famously houses the Dambulla Cave Temple – the largest, best-preserved, cave-temple complex in the country. Also known as Golden Rock Temple, this World Heritage Site comprises a cave monastery and five sanctuaries. After partaking in a delightful walk and boat ride through the village, relax and unwind at a soothing Ayurveda Spa, which is truly welcoming after a day full of excitement and thrill.


Marking its second point in the cultural triangle of Ceylon is the primaeval city of Anuradhapura. The glories of the primaeval age can be found in the archaeological treasures of a once-celebrated kingdom that still give a pretty good idea of how the city looked in its halcyon days. You’ll find the archaeological park a delight to explore, with hundreds of ancient structures from tombs and temples to magnificent statues and stupas all in a compact core.

Let us at Olanka tailor-make a memorable trip for you around the cultural triangle, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a tranquil and peaceful cycling trip while learning about the ancient kingdom’s architectural abilities, culture, and wealth. Cycle through iconic historical sites like Abayagiriya, Jethavana Stupas, The Ruwanveliseya Dagoba, The Samadhi Buddha, Kuttam Pokuna, and Isurumuniya, and even participate in religious observances and blessing ceremonies at the most sacred Anuradhapura Ruwanweli Maha Seya and invoke the Lord Buddha’s blessing.


The third major point in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle is the ancient town of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa is located in Sri Lanka’s North Central region and was once took its place as the capital of Ceylon for three long centuries, from the 11th to the 13th centuries, following the collapse of the Anuradhapura Kingdom in 993.

On your visit to Polonnaruwa, let us at Olanka plan a truly spectacular tour itinerary inclusive of King Parakramabahu I’s Royal Palace, a magnificent structure that still stands in its place, to relive the times of the ancient kingdom, and the renowned Gal Vihara Buddhist Temple at the UNESCO World Heritage Site to see the most perfect specimen of Buddha statue hewn out of solid stone preserved with irresistible charm and sublimity.

Explore the famed Quadrangle, a lovely compact set of remains in a raised-up area enclosed by a wall, to the north of the Royal Palace ruins. Immerse yourself in the Ancient Cities’ most densely packed collection of structures with Sri Lanka Tour Packages given by  Best Sri Lanka Tour Operator.

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