On this page, we feature four UNESCO word heritage sites of Sri Lanka, such as Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla.
Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle has been visited millions of travellers. It covers the north central towns of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla which mirrors the Ancient civilization of the Island with extensive archeological ruins. All of them has been protected as World Heritage Sites, The central plains have low rainfall an hotels many hotels are there to cater to the top end holiday maker to the free back packer.
Attractions not to miss
Best period to Travel
The cultural triangle is largely situated within a dry zone. Apart from rainfall in November and December when the monsoon hits the East coast, conditions remain fairly dry, The visitors during June and July may experience the hot, dry windy weather. Apart from this the best season to visit the cultural triangle would be late November to April like in south and west regions.
Village tour to Hiriwadunna – a typical Sri Lankan Village
Explore the rural village “Hiriwadunna” from Sigiriya or Dambulla. Traveling by Safari Jeep into the Sri Lankan countryside, the tour begins with a beautiful trek to a manmade reservoir. After a boat ride, hop into a bullock cart alongside paddy fields and rural vegetable plantations to a traditional village house, where you will enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch in a village home.
Find the manmade reservoir, surrounded by scrub jungle and a hive or morning activity. look out for birds, butterflies, and perhaps even a crocodile as well as the villagers fishing or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake.
Pidurangala Temple 473 – 495 AC
It is believed that the history of Pidurangala Vihara goes back beyond to the first and second century BC. From those days Pidurangala was used as a Buddhist monastery and but became a prominent place during the reign of King Kashyapa (473 – 495 AC).
It is believed that the history of Pidurangala Vihara goes back beyond to the first and second century BC. From those days Pidurangala was used as a Buddhist monastery and but became a prominent place during the reign of King Kashyapa (473 – 495 AC). According to ancient History, Prince Kashyapa had killed his father King Dhatusena and fled to Sigiriya to find out a more secure place to prevent retaliation attacks from his half-brother, Mugalan. With the arrival of King Kashyapa, the Bhikkus who were meditating there were requested move to the nearby Pidurangala. In a sort of compensation, King Kashyapa refurbished the temple and made it a prominent place.