Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka – An Ancient Story

Highlights

  • Visit three ancient capitals of Sri Lanka including Lion Rock
  • Guided cycle tour of Pollonurawa
  • Stay in a tranquil eco-lodge on the jungle
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What you'll do

Overview

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, eac...Read All

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 ...Read All

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 ...Read All

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.Read All

What's included

Included

  • 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
Your local host

Prateeque

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.

An opportunity opened up to go to Sri Lanka to become manager for the country, so when I was offered it, I jumped at the chance. During my time working in travel, I’ve travelled the majority of both India and Sri Lanka and discovered almost place you could possibly explore in these crazy, yet amazing countries.

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and exploring, even as a kid. ... Read All

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.

An opportunity opened up to go to Sri Lanka to become manager for the country, so when I was offered it, I jumped at the chance. During my time working in travel, I’ve travelled the majority of both India and Sri Lanka and discovered almost place you could possibly explore in these crazy, yet amazing countries.

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and exploring, even as a kid. I would go out on my bike and get lost and then try to find my way back. I grew up in an urban setting, so any chance I could get I was out exploring. The feeling of release you get from the outdoors, is completely different to anything you can feel.

The one thing that inspired me to work in travel and pursue it as a long term career, is the feeling of pure amazement when discovering something new or seeing something spectacular for the first time. It’s an indescribable feeling, but you’re just totally immersed in this place and you just forget about everything else for a while.

And seeing this look on people’s faces and being with them when they’re doing this, is something I found out very quickly when I was tour guide I absolutely loved and just had to pursue this further.

Another thing is, you always learn in travel, there’s always something new that comes up, whether it be an experience, untapped location, or new people, you’re always learning and this pushes me to find new things to do.

It’s fair to say that Sri Lanka is oversaturated, there are plenty of companies here offering the same tours to the same places. We however, like to go off the beaten track. It’s unbelievable how much there is to see in this wonderful country away from the main sights. For example, the busy national parks e.g. Udawalawe National Park can have up to 600 jeeps a day on it’s roads. But if you go just 2 hours away at Gal Oya national park, it’s much less busy and you can get much closer to the wildlife.

Location

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.

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