Destinations

Kandy & The Cultural Triangle

The area known as the Cultural Triangle encompasses Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy with the majestic Sigiriya Rock Fortress at the centre of the triangle.

Kandy is the second largest city of Sri Lanka and is of great significance in the history of the island. The city is home to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, which is a hugely important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and well worth a visit. The temple sits next to a pretty lake in the centre of the city and is surrounded by hills. Also nearby and hidden away is the British Garrison Cemetery which is a true gem to discover in order to hear some quirky tales behind the headstones revealing snippets of history. The city's botanical gardens are a wonderful large open space in the university area called Peradeniya and are a delight for horticultural enthusiasts. The hills to the north east of Kandy offer fabulous opportunities for trekking and mountain biking.

The two ancient cities of Anaradhapura and Polonnaruwa were the pinnacles of early Sinhalese civilisation and to this day contain well preserved monuments giving an insight into the importance of these cities culturally and historically. The spectacular Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a must see and has become an iconic symbol for the country. Visitors to this region are spoilt for choice in terms of other sites to visit including Dambulla Cave Temples, Mihintale, Aukana and Sasseruwa Buddha statues and Aluvihara and Ridi Vihara temples amongst others. Near Sigiriya there are also the National Parks of Minneriya, Wasgomuwa and Kaudulla. Minneriya is home to the largest congregation of Asian elephant between July and October.

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