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Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka – An Ancient Story

From £775 per person

Central Province, Sri Lanka

3 Nights

Private Group (2-6)

Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka – An Ancient Story

From £775 per person

What You'll Do

The cultural triangle of Sri Lanka is marked by Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya and you will explore all three amazing locations with a slightly different perspective. Your guide will give you local and cultural insights and you will stay in a beautiful eco lodge nestled in the jungle, for an unforgettable experience!

The ancient historical sights you will visit mark the locations of the ancient Sri Lankan capitals as invaders from India pushed the Sri Lankan Kings southwards, each has amazing architectural remains, learn about their history from our local guides .Our base for our explorations will be Habarana which is located at the centre of the triangle.

Tour Summary:

Day 1 Anuradhapura

Day2 Polonnaruwa

Day 3 Sigiriya and Dumbulla


Visit three ancient capitals of Sri Lanka including Lion Rock

Guided cycle tour of Pollonurawa

Stay in a tranquil eco-lodge on the jungle

Your Local Host:


Hi! My name is Prateeque, your host. I grew up in India, in Bangalore and after completing an engineering degree, I decided to not actually follow this path and chose to follow my passion of travel. I quickly got a job as an actual tour guide in the wonderful southern region of Kerala, India, for a few months and ended up staying for 2 years.

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Experience Itinerary

Exploring Anuradhapura

Today you’ll meet your guide at Habarana or at Anuradhapura, which will be our first stop on our tour of the cultural triangle. This UNESCO world heritage site was the  capital of Sri Lanka from the 5th century BC to the 10th century AD. The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling city contains an abundant collection of ancient buildings and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas ( stupas), Buddhist bathing  pools and the ruins of temples dating back to Anuradhapura’s thousand year of rule over Sri Lanka. Several sites are still in use as holy places and temples where regular ceremonies and processions create  a vibrant atmosphere.

Explore the ancient brick dagobas, and walk in the footsteps of ancient people centuries ago.

The jewel in the crown of the city is the sacred Bo Tree, the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world, planted 2250 years ago. It is said that it grew from a branch of the tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment.

At the end of your day of exploring, you’ll head to your accommodation.

Accommodation: The Other Corner

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Dinner

the lodge accommodation sri lanka

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Exploring Polonnaruwa


Today you’ll visit another World Heritage Site, the capital of Sri Lanka from 11th–13th Centuries, Polonnaruwa.

The city contains splendid and spectacular statues and the medieval capital was fortified with inner & outer moats and walls.

Explore royal palaces, audience halls and other spectacular examples of ancient Sri Lankan architecture on a guided bike tour, the best way to see as much of possible of the city.

In the afternoon, head out on a guided walk of the ruins with a local primatologist. You’ll learn about the different monkey species that make their homes in the ruins, an atmospheric tour you’ll never forget!

Accommodation: The Other Corner


swimming pool at a lodge in sri lanka

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Exploring Sigiriya and Dambulla

Today you’ll head south to Sigiriya and Dambulla. Though you may have see many pictures of ‘Lion Rock’, nothing can quite prepare you for the real thing.

Sigiriya, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the 5th century “Fortress in the Sky” is perhaps the most jaw-dropping single wonder on the island. It’s known as Lion Rock because it was said there was a huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace, on the summit of the 600-foot high rock.

The walk to the summit leads you on paths and staircases through some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world, past pools, statues, carvings and caves with ornate frescoes. There are plenty of stopping places on the ascent and you should stop to admire the stunning panoramic views.

Once you reach the summit you can still find the foundations of the Royal Palace, which you will explore with your guide and learn the many fascinating stories about what took place in this incredible location.

 Lunch is at your leisure at the hotel before we head to Dambulla Cave Complex, the largest and best-preserved cave temples in Sri Lanka. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. We spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the cave complex, and its many statues and paintings before heading back to the hotel for dinner.

Accommodation: The Other Corner


treetop lodge in sri lanka

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Location Information

You will meet your guide in Anuradhapura where If you require transport to get to the starting location , this can be arranged at an extra cost – please let us know. Your accommodation will be at the Other Corner eco resort in Habarana.

  • 3 nights accommodation at a fantastic eco-lodge
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • All transport for the three days in A/C vehicle
  • A local and friendly host during your experiences
  • Guided tour of Anuradhapura
  • Guided bicycle tour of Polonnaruwa
  • Guided tour of Sigiriya and Dambulla
  • Guided walk of the ruins at Pollonaruwa with a Primatologist