Sri Lanka cultural traingle

Cultural Triangle Tour in Sri Lanka

The Cultural Triangle is named after three important historic sites that form a triangle. Anuradhapura is located to the north, Polonaruwa is located to the east, and Kandy is located to the south-west.

The legendary Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka is a rich trove of historic structures, royal towns, and Buddhist temples that were once the furnace of early Sinhalese culture. The triangle’s three points are symbolized by the island’s three historic capitals: Kandy, the first Sinhalese capital, Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital.

This region, formerly home to ancient Sinhalese nobility, is rich in historic ruins and rebuilt temples and is a must-see when in Sri Lanka. The Cultural Triangle will be perceived differently depending on how much time is spent there. The following are 11 facts regarding Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle.

In Blue Lanka Tours’ Cultural Triangle Tour, it unites the ancient towns of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy in the nation’s core, featuring four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as National Parks, temples, and the hill country capital. Here’s our guide to the mustsee attractions, as well as some tips from our team to you.


BIA to Negombo

  • Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to the charming coastal town of Negombo, where you will spend the night. Enjoy the serene atmosphere of Negombo Beach as you unwind from your journey.
Negombo Beach

Negombo to Anuradhapura

  • On the second day, embark on a journey to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. Explore the historic sites of Anuradhapura by bicycles, immersing yourself in the rich cultural heritage of this ancient capital.

Anuradhapura to Sigiriya

  • Your adventure continues as you travel from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya. Along the way, visit the sacred Mihintale Buddhist Temple and the tranquil Ritigala Monastery. Spend the night in Sigiriya, surrounded by the lush greenery of the Coconut Escape.

Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya

  • This day brings exploration of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Sigiriya Lions Rock and Polonnaruwa Ancient City. Ascend the majestic Sigiriya Rock and indulge in an authentic Sri Lankan lunch. In the afternoon, delve into the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa before returning to Sigiriya for the night.

Sigiriya to Kandy

  • Journey from Sigiriya to the cultural capital of Kandy, stopping to explore the Dambulla Caves Temple and the historic Matale Alu Viharaya. Optional visits to Nalanda Gedige offer further insight into Sri Lanka’s rich history. In the evening, be captivated by a Cultural Dance Show before retiring for the night in Kandy.
Rangiri Dambulla Cave Temple

Kandy to Colombo

  • This day begins with blessings at the revered Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, followed by a tour of the city and its cultural landmarks. Transfer to Colombo and visit the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya before settling in for your final night in Sri Lanka’s vibrant capital.
Dalada Maligawa
Peradeniya Botanical Garden

Colombo to BIA

  • On the last day, bid farewell to the island as you are transferred from Colombo to Bandaranaike International Airport for your departure flight. Depart with cherished memories of your Sri Lankan adventure.
air plane at air port
Air plane taking off

Journey Highlights

  • Explore Negombo: Unwind on Negombo Beach and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.
  • Visit Anuradhapura: Delve into its rich cultural heritage by exploring historic sites on bicycles.
  • Journey to Sigiriya: Visit the Mihintale Buddhist Temple and Ritigala Monastery en route.
  • Discover UNESCO Sites: Explore Sigiriya Lions Rock and the ruins of Polonnaruwa while indulging in authentic Sri Lankan cuisine.
  • Travel to Kandy: Explore the Dambulla Caves Temple, Matale Alu Viharaya, and enjoy a Cultural Dance Show.
  • Blessings in Kandy: Begin the day with blessings at the Temple of the Tooth and tour the city’s cultural landmarks.
  • Conclude in Colombo: Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens before bidding farewell to the island.

Insightful Tips

  • Sun screen is a must when you are in the Cultural Triangle
  • Bring clothes that can cover your hands cause you maybe exposed to a lot of sun and also because you will be visiting temples
  • Don’t forget your cameras
  • Carry a hat with you, this will come handy
  • Stay hydrated by carrying a water bottle with you, especially during outdoor activities and sightseeing trips.
  • Capture the beauty of the Cultural Triangle but be mindful of photography restrictions in certain areas, especially at religious sites. Always ask for permission before photographing locals.
  • Don’t miss out on trying authentic Sri Lankan cuisine during your tour. Be adventurous and sample local dishes like rice and curry, hoppers, and string hoppers.


Q. When is the best to visit Cultural Triangle?

All-year-round you can visit. Best during January to March which is dry months.

Q. How long does it take to climb Ritigala?

Approximately one & half hours.

Q. Do the hotels in Sri Lanka have family rooms?

Yes, most of the hotels have family rooms.

Q. Do the hotels have cots for toddlers?

Yes, they do provide a baby cots on request.