This 3 days Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour starts in Colombo or at any other places you are staying at. If the pick-up location is far away from Colombo there will be supplement charge for the transfer. As the name denoted “Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour” covers all major cultural and historical places in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka. Apart from the important cultural sites, the tour offers many other interesting places such as pinnawala elephant orphanage, Minneriya national park as optional sites to visit during this 3 days tour.
You will visit Anuradhapura on the first day of this Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour. Anuradhapura is the first capital of Sri Lanka and darting back to 4th century B.C. It had been the capital fo Sri Lanka for many centuries. Later the city lost its importance as the capital of Sri Lanka due to the easy access to the city from south India, which led to never-ending south Indian invasions.
The city was equipped with palaces, temple complexes, gardens, hospitals and living quarters for people. Today the city is a UNESCO world heritage site due to its cultural and historical importance. You will be accompanied to dozens of important historical sites in Anuradhapura and our guide will explain you about these important historical sites. after the Anuradhapura sightseeing tour, you will proceed to the hotel in Sigiriya and it will take around 30 minutes reach your hotel in Sigiriya. The first day will come to the end at around 7.00 pm.
On the second day of the tour, you will visit Sigiriya rock fortress. Sigiriya rock fortress is another important historical site in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka and visited by many thousands of travellers every week. Sigiriya is dating back to 5th century AD and it is well planned urban city with a fortress in the middle of the site. here you can see the world-renowned Sigiriya frescoes and mirror wall. You can catch breathtaking sceneries on the surrounding area from the top of the rock. The upward climb to the pinnacle of the rock takes around 1 hours and the downward journey takes around 30 minutes.
It is advisable to start the Sigiriya tour early morning to avoid the scorching heat in the Sri Lankan dry zone. The humidity is also very high here making you sweat a lot. There is a great deal of walk-in Sigiriya and you have to climb a rock on a well-laid staircase. Even though there is a well-laid staircase the hike at Sigiriya is very tiring. Hence it is a site recommended for travellers with good physical fitness. Don’t forget to take a bottle o mineral water as there is no place to buy water during the hike. Pair of good shoes and a hat is recommended with a cotton t-shirt and a pair of shorts. Sigiriya is not a religious site, therefore, you can wear a pair of shorts.
After visiting the Sigiriya rock fortress you might be hungry and tired, so it is time to have the lunch or just a refreshment. In fact, there is a great deal of distance to cover on foot in Polonnaruwa. You will proceed to Polonnaruwa after the break the second capital of Sri Lanka. After the downfall of Anuradhapura, the kings of Sri Lanka had chosen Polonnaruwa as the capital of Sri Lanka.
The 3 kings namely VijayabahuI, Parakramabahu and Nissannkamalla are the noteworthy rulers who contributed to the development of Polonnaruwa. These 3 kings built temples, palaces, garden, parks, tanks and many other important places in the city. Due to the invasions that took places in the latter period most of them were damaged. Today Polonnaruwa is another important tourist attractions and a UNESCO world heritage site. Polonnaruwa city tour takes around 2 hours and doesn’t forget to cist the Polonnaruwa museum.
There are many places to visit in Polonnaruwa and you come across image houses, palaces, dagobas, conference halls and many other places important places. Some of them are religious sites and you are required to have dressed at least covering your knees and shoulders. Please check our 2 articles Clothing & gear guide for Sri Lanka and Visiting a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka here are 9 rules to consider.
There is a great opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts to explore Sri Lankan wild animals today. After Polonnaruwa, you are coming across the Minneriya national park, here you can witness a large number of wild elephnats. Wild buffaloes, monkeys, crocodile, wild boar, deer are some of the very common animals here. Minneriya is an optional activity and it can only be done when time permits you to do it.
By the time, you return to the hotel in Sigiriya it will be around 6.00 pm today. The hotel you are staying is a middle-class hotel with outdoor swimming pool. Maybe you can have a dip in the outdoor swimming pool in the hotel before heading to the restaurant. Ou you can sip a glass of wine or arrack (Sri Lankan alcoholic drink) at the bar.
On the 3rd of your Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour, you leave for Kandy after the breakfast from your hotel in Sigiriya. The first stop on the day is at Dambulla golden cave temple, which is only 20 minutes away from your hotel in Sigiriya. The temple is located about 300 meters above the ground. The visitors need to climb the rock on the staircase to reach the temple on the rock. Dambulla golden cave temple is another UNESCO world heritage site in Sri Lanka. Here you can see hundreds of statues and wall painting, the temple is dating back to 1st century BC.
After Dambulla golden cave temple the travellers proceed to the tooth relic temple of Kandy, which is another important historical site and a UNESCO world heritage site included in the Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour. The tooth relic temple is the most important Buddhist temple in Sri Lankan and left eye tooth of Buddha suppose to be residing here. The temple is visited by thousands of local and foreign visitors every day. Tooth relic temple is the last important cultural site in the Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour and it is time to proceed to Colombo.
After the Tooth relic temple, it is time to drive to Colombo, the journey will take around 3 hours and you have the opportunity to visit Pinnawala elephant orphanage on halfway down the track as you drive to Colombo. You are most welcome to visit it and see the biggest herd of tames elephants in the world.
Sri Lanka Cultural triangle tour
Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour is a great opportunity to experience the rich cultural and historical heritage of Sri Lanka. The tour includes 5 of the seven UNESCO world heritage sites of the island. Apart from those world heritage sites, you are able to visit many other important places such as wildlife reserves, spice garden, shopping areas, tea garden and pinnawala elephant park.
Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport, met & greet by "Seerendipity Tours" Representatives and proceed to the hotel in Sigiriya, En-route visit Anuradhapura historical site.
Anuradhapura is the first capital of Sri Lanka dating back to 3rd century BC. It was the capital of Sri Lanka for more than 1000 years and the country was ruled by more than 100 kings and queens from Anuradhapura. Today an Anuradhapura is visited by local and foreign tourist. Buddhist temple, Palaces, Museums, Parks, and lakes are some of the important places to visit in the city.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Anuradhapura
Breakfast at Hotel Leaves for the Historical city of Polonnaruwa.
Sigiriya is one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world, which is dating back to 5th century AD. The Sigiriya was built by King Kashayapa and consisted of many parts such as Sigiriya water garden, Sigiriya fortress, Gallery with paintings, mirror wall with old scripts. The paintings of Sigiriya originated in 5th century AD. The paintings are still in very good shape.
The historical city of Polonnaruwa is the 2nd most important historical city in Sri Lanka. Many kings ruled the island from Polonnaruwa and 3 Buddhist kings namely Vijayabahu, Parakramabahu and Nissankamalla are the most important rules who rule the country from Polonnaruwa. Today Polonnaruwa houses a large number of temples, palaces, parks, hospitals and many other buildings of historical importance.
SAFARI AT MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK (optional)
Minneriya national park safari is an optional activity and can be included to your Sri Lanka cultural triangle tour. The Minneriya safari lasts around 2 hours and you will be able to spot large number such as wild elephnats, deer, monkeys, crocodiles, wild buffaloes.
Minneriya national park is most popular to spot wild elephnats and there is a chance of spotting large herds of wild elephants here. A large number of the wild elephant gathering is sighted in the grasslands of the park near the Minneriya tank. The herd of wild elephants exceeds several hundred in some instances.
Overnight stay Hotel in Habarana / Sigiriya.
After breakfast leave for Kandy en-route visit spice garden and Dambulla cave temple.
DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE
Dambulla golden cave temple is another important historical site with religious importance. the temple is dating back to 1st century BC. The temple believed to have provided refuge to the King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC during a south Indian invasion. Later the King had built the temple after regaining his kingship. Today it is a Unesco world heritage site and harbours more than 100 statues. The ceiling and wall paintings of the temple cover more than 2100 square feet.
Spices is a very important commodity for the island for many centuries, even today spices helps the island to earn a large amount of hard currency. The village of Matale holds the reputation as the centre of the spice trade. You will encounter many spice gardens here and you are able to visit one of them and learn about the local spices.
KANDY TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH
The temple of the tooth relic also an important world heritage site in Sri Lanka and houses the tooth relic of Buddha. The temple rises next to the Kandy lake and near the modern part of Kandy city. The temple is visited by thousands of foreign as well as local travellers every day.
Visit Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy, p.m. enjoy a typical Sri Lankan Cultural Show of Drumming Dancing music and fire walking.
Afterwards, proceed to Colombo