Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka

This sacred location was once Sri Lanka’s first ancient capital. Filled with history, the city is popular for safeguarding ancient ruins and remains of the country. Bordering the spectacular Malwathu-Oya River, Anuradhapura takes you back in time in such amazing fashion, that it feels like you are in a time machine. Owing to this rich history, the city was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1982.

If archeological ruins excite you, the small town located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka is the place for you. The town is home to one major ancient attraction that is famously dubbed by the locals as the 8th wonder of the world. The Sigiriya rock fortress was believed to have been built in the 5th century AD by King Kashyapa, after murdering his father to take over the throne. The moat that surrounds the fortress and the climb to the top will astonish and surprise any trekker.

Succeeding Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa became the second ancient capital of Sri Lanka. During the 12th century, under the governance of King Parakamabahu, the city prospered and enjoyed its golden days, becoming the most impressive city in the country. Sprinkled with ancient parks, museums, monuments and sanctuaries, Polonnaruwa is a history lover’s paradise. It was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1982 and is considered one of the popular places to visit in Sri Lanka.

Habarana is a small city in the Anuradhapura District. Its home to some upscale hotels and mid-range hotels as well. If you love safaris and specially Elephants, Habarana is your best bet as it is a departure point for some great locations, such as Kaudualla National Park and Minneriya National Park.

In addition to being the main vegetable distribution point in the country, the city is home to the largest and most well-kept cave temple complex in Sri Lanka and is the ultimate destination for a hot air balloon experience.

This is the second largest city of Sri Lanka and is one of the best places to visit, when you are trying to escape the heat of Colombo. Nestled in the hills, the city of Kandy is a significant Buddhist pilgrimage destination and is home to the world famous Kandy Perahera, that has been taking place for over 1500 years. If you are a fan of Ceylon Tea and want to experience the best of food, culture and people of Sri Lanka, Kandy should not be missed.