Cultural Triangle

Cultural Triangle

  • Buddhist shrines of Anurardhapura
  • Rock fortress of Sigiriya
  • Medieval capital of Polonnaruwa

Sri Lanka’s famous cultural triangle is made up of the Golden Temple at Dambulla, the historic town of Polonnaruwa and the holy cities of Sigiriya and Anuradhapura. Located just north of Kandy, this beautiful scenic region holds within it much of Sri Lanka’s ancient cultural and religious legacy; cave temples, delicate murals and frescoes, lost cities and ruined palaces, making it a prominent destination on every itinerary.

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Sacred Kandy

Sacred Kandy

  • Temple of the Tooth
  • Pinnewala elephant orphanage

The last capital of the Sinhala kingdom, Kandy was once an impregnable fortress before it was lost to the British in 1815. The second largest city after the capital Colombo, Kandy is the cultural capital of the island and is the site of the Temple of the Tooth, the most revered and holy site of the Sri Lankans. There is also the Victoria Golf Club, one of Asia’s most beautiful golf courses; Peradenya Botanical Gardens, home to a wide range of exotic plants; and the elephant orphanage, Pinnewala, a popular destination for visitors. Kandy is located in the middle of the island, at the threshold of Sri Lanka’s gorgeous tea growing regions and hilly reaches.

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The Hill Country

The Hill Country

  • Adam’s Peak & lush landscapes
  • Tea estates & rose gardens

The tea growing region is one the most beautiful and scenic of Sri Lanka, perched amid undulating hills, surrounded by soaring peaks, gorgeous ravines and lush green tea gardens. The villages of Hatton and Nuwara Eliya even today carry their colonial influences, reflected in their brick and stone homes, manicured lawns and rose gardens. Adam’s Peak, soaring to 2130 meters and famous for its Sri Pada rock formation, said to be the footprint of Buddha, is also located in this region.

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Yala National Park

Yala National Park

  • Leopards, sloth bears & elephants
  • Numerous migratory bird species

Thorny scrubland alternating with gorges, ravines, riverine forests and dry grasslands make up Yala, the second largest wildlife reserve in Sri Lanka. Yala has the highest density of wild leopards in the world, making these elusive creatures just a little easier to spot. Other inhabitants of Yala included langurs, elephants, jackals, crocodiles and sloth bears with plenty of species of migratory birds.

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Sinharaja Rainforest

Sinharaja Rainforest

  • Primary rainforest
  • Superb birdlife & amphibians
  • Expert naturalists

The Sinharaja forest reserve is Sri Lanka’s largest biodiversity park, and features significantly in the local lore and legends. A primary tropical rainforest and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sinharaja has narrow walking trails that wind through its rugged terrain, allowing visitors a great opportunity to view the wide variety of birds, mammals and amphibians that thrive here, accompanied by an expert naturalist.

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Coastal Sri Lanka

Coastal Sri Lanka

  • Galle Fort
  • Luxury resorts & characterful boutiques

Surrounded by seas of the purest azure, Sri Lanka has some of the world’s finest beaches and resorts. The south-western coast is the more upmarket side, stretching all the way south to Galle, with luxury hotels and quirky boutiques. The northeast has shimmery blue seas and slightly more secluded beaches. Numerous coastal villages and towns dot these regions allowing visitors to soak in the island’s cultural heritage, cuisine and arts.

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