Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle

The Cultural Triangle

Sigirya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla and are all remnants of powerful ancient cities established thousands of years ago by Sri Lanka’s many kings. Together these evocative ruins form Sri Lanka’s famed ‘Cultural Triangle’, tucked away in the country’s north-central area where weather conditions remain dry (and hot) for most of the year. Unveiled gradually over the past century by archaeologists, these magnificent national treasures are now protected UNESCO world heritage sites.

The giant rock fortress of Sigiriya is perhaps the most impressive site of all. Those who make the steep climb to the top of this stunning rocky outcrop will be rewarded with staggering views of the surrounding jungle, and the lily-padded moats and gardens below are among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s original ancient capital, has evolved over the centuries into a small, welcoming town with a good provision of budget accommodation, bike hire, and an unhurried pace of life. In its midst are a large number of sacred Buddhist sites, some of which remain in use today. In contrast, the more compact set of ruined tombs, temples, statues and stupas at Polonnaruwa date back almost 1,000 years and remain as if frozen in time. This once thriving religious and commercial centre now rises majestically out of the dense jungle and houses an informative archaeological museum. While modern-day Dambulla may have a somewhat commercial feel, and is best visited on a half day or day trip, its mesmerising and colourfully decorated ancient cave temples depict Buddhist mythology dating back some 2,000 years, and remain important holy places to this day.

Although the famed lost cities will inevitably dominate traveller itineraries, the neighbouring Minneriya and Wasgamuwa National Parks, known for their fabulous birdlife and large herds of elephant, are well worth a visit. Here, nature lovers can enjoy game drive safaris, cycling excursions, and nature walks. Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle combines a rich cultural heritage with some beautiful wilderness and wildlife, and is one of the country’s most enchanting destinations.


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Itineraries

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14-day guided trip unveiling Sri Lanka’s fascinating ‘Cultural Triangle’, ‘Tea Country’, idyllic beaches and superb national parks.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $3,423 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,627 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Luxurious 15 day guided family trip exploring Sri Lanka’s treasures, including the ‘Cultural Triangle’, ‘Tea Country’, glorious beaches and ri Lanka's finest lodges.

Tailor-made Luxury 15 days

Adults from $6,626 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Families from $5,926 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

2 week holiday in Sri Lanka with a focus on the Cultural Triangle, the Tea County and the Galle Coast. Designed with a nice balance of guided activities and pool / beach time and perfect for families.

Tailor-made Classic 13 days

Families from $2,697 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Combine the best of both worlds with a week exploring adventurous Sri Lanka and a week relaxing in a family friendly resort in the Maldives.

Tailor-made Classic 15 days

Families from $3,672 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,497 per person economy class from London

13 day budget-friendly Sri Lanka holiday combining Tea Country, historic Galle, landscapes, culture, and wildlife, with charming independent guesthouse accommodation.

Tailor-made Classic 13 days

Adults from $2,630 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,229 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

14 day privately guided holiday perfect for July / August when Sri Lanka’s East Coast is at its best.

Tailor-made Classic 2 weeks

Adults from $3,712 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,334 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

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Accommodation

Ulagalla Resort

Cultural Triangle

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Luxurious, eco-friendly resort 
- Access to Cultural Triangle
- Wide range of hotel-based activities

Water Garden Sigiriya

Cultural Triangle

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Well appointed luxury villas
- Superb views of Sigiriya
- Gym, pool and spa
- Helicopter rides, archery, billiards, cycling

Wild Grass

Cultural Triangle

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Luxurious eco-lodge
- Peaceful location
- 7 rooms
- Swimming Pool

Cinnamon Lodge

Cultural Triangle

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Peaceful, high-end resort
- Close to Minneriya National Park
- Superb elephant encounters
- Tennis courts, large pool and spa

Aliya Resort and Spa

Cultural Triangle

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Phenomenal Sirigiya views
- 96 rooms and 18 luxury tents
- Superb facilities
- Large, but good value

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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