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Experience the Sri Lankan Cultural Triangle

Tours in Sri Lanka aren’t complete without a visit to the Cultural Triangle, which is the focal point of the Sinhala civilisation’s origin.

Also known as “The King’s land”, the Cultural Triangle houses the ruined city of ancient Anuradhapura, which was the capital of the island from the third century BC until 993 AD. At Walkers Tours, we provide tour guides who mesmerise you with tales of majestic days gone by, and the locals are usually more than happy to sit down with you for tea and speak about the cultural history. Kandy, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa are the three dots that make this triangle, and within the triangle are some of Sri Lanka’s most popular attractions.

The three historical cities that form the triangle is much spoken about and visited too, but it’s the sacred ruins and architectural wonders located within the triangle that is the highlight of the Cultural Triangle itself.

Sigiriya

Smack in the middle of the Cultural Triangle lies the great rock of Sigiriya. An entire city carved on a rock, this 200m tall spreads out over 3 acres on the summit of the rock. Folklore says that the caves below the rock housed lions, and therefore, the Sigiriya is also known as the Lion Rock locally. An almost vertical climb up naturally carved stone steps takes you up, to spellbinding views and endless skies. The Royal Palace is a sight to behold, even in its ruined form, and the graffiti and carvings on the walls throughout the city date back to the 7th century.

Sigiriya Sri Lanka

Dambulla

Located on the border of the triangle, this Golden Temple in Dambulla sits on the surface of mammoth granite. The temple itself is inside a cave, but once you step in, you’d feel like you were in a chic art gallery, for the colours used in paintings and statues aren’t very old fashioned, but was way ahead of their times. The Temple has over 150 statues, and one of the narrower caves has a 15m long Sleeping Buddha statue carved out of solid rock. Regardless of the season, this Temple has always been a part of Sri Lanka tours.

Dambulla Sri Lanka

Mihintale

When tailor-made, Sri Lanka tours usually include this site, which is lesser visited but carries an equally prominent hold in the cultural history of the island. A purely white Buddha sits calmly in meditation, while the world gathers around him to see the Mahaseya Dagoba, the largest dagoba in Mihintale. A stone’s throw away is the Naga Pokuna or the snake pond, which is protected by a five headed cobra carving.

Mihintale Sri Lanka

 

Top sightseeing attractions in the Sri Lankan Hill Country

Sri Lanka has a multitude of sightseeing attractions, from sandy beaches to misty mountains and lush green forests, what’s your poison?

Most people can’t get their head around the fact that an island so tiny has so many things to offer and tailor-made Sri Lanka tours are the best way for you to enjoy everything this country has to offer. There are many travel agencies dedicated to giving great Sri Lanka tours, and an example of such an agency is us, Walkers Tours.

When you are done with the beaches along the coast, it’s time to climb higher, as the hills have much to offer to the avid traveller in you.

Kandy

The iconic Dalada Maligawa in Kandy pulls in masses during the holier seasons, like Vesak during May, or the monthly full moon celebrations, which is a sacred day around the island. Apart from its religious attractions, Kandy also has the Pinnawela Elephant orphanage, the Botanical Garden of Peradeniya and the Knuckles Mountain Range for those adventurous trekkers and hikers in you.

kandy Sri Lanka

Adam’s Peak

This is the only place in Sri Lanka that holds a strong religious meaning to Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and Christians! The ritual here is that you climb the mountain at night, just in time to reach the peak at sunrise. The views will change you for life; as such majesty is not seen anywhere else but in nature. The top of the mountain has a temple, and a large footprint, which has different legends respective to each religion.

Adams Peak Sri Lanka

Nuwara Eliya

Priding itself on being the highest town in Sri Lanka, Nuwara Eliya is also the biggest vegetable garden on the island. The British imprint on the town has yet to fade, and most of the colonial bungalows and buildings have been maintained without many alterations, and thus the name, Little England, which is what the locals refer to it as. Enjoy a long walk at the Victoria Park and end your day by having a cup of authentic Sri Lankan tea among the mountains.

Nuwara Eliya Sri Lanka

Ella

Tours in Sri Lanka are not complete without Ella and its iconic Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.  This stunning work of architecture is nothing short of a postcard view, with the mountains providing the perfect backdrop, as the trains go over it. Ella also has some beautiful waterfalls, hiking and trekking opportunities, and sacred temples.

Ella Sri Lanka

Horton Plains & World’s End

The Horton Plains National Park is a dream come true for any nature lover and the walking trails also give you the freedom to explore as you wish. Within the park is the World’s End, a steep cliff that rises up to 800m. The view from the top does give one’s stomach a drop as it does look like the world just stops there with just the skies beyond us.

Horton Plains Sri Lanka