Loading.. Loading...
You are in › Home › Select › Details

Travel Articles

Keyword

Cultural Triangle

Cultural Triangle - Aukana Buddha PolonnaruwaPolonnaruwaCultural Triangle

 A country rich in history and culture is none other than the paradise island of Sri Lanka. The heart of most of its dramatic history and its ancient civilization is in the cultural triangle. This area is formed by linking the ancient capitals of Anuradhapura, Polannaruwa, Kandy, and Dambulla with Sigiriya in the centre.  The cultural triangle is a UNESCO world heritage site and is the pride of all Sri Lankans.

The Dambulla cave temple is the largest and the best preserved cave temple and its statues and paintings relating to Lord Buddha’s life make it a must see for all visitors to Sri Lanka. It is situated on top of a colossal rock which offers views of the immediate plains from 160m above. Also known as the Golden Temple, the major attractions are five caves which hold statues and paintings which represent Buddha and his life. Anuradhapura one of the ancient capitals was discarded for centuries and enclosed by thick jungle until it was exposed by the British. A site for pilgrimage and known as sacred as it contains the Bodhi tree which is respected by Buddhists along with many monuments and monasteries which are of great archaeological value. The famous sites are Ruwanwelisaya stupa. The remains of the Abhayagiri monastery as well as the Jethwana monastery and the Aukana Buddha statue. Rock temples, carvings, statues, the terraced ponds and water reservoirs make Anuradhapura a wonder to any traveler.
The second ancient citadel Polannaruwa contains the spectacle Lake Parakrama, which is a man made lake which has impressive engineering from the ancient times. The main things to see are the ruins of the Royal Palace and the ruins of Nissanka Malla’s Palace. Rankot Vihara, Lankatilaka Gedige, Kiri Vihara and the Gal Vihara.
A wonder of the cultural triangle is Sigiriya rock fortress, constructed in 5th Century AD. This marvelous fortress contains well laid out gardens, pools, fountains as well as the oldest surviving rock paintings of the famous Sigiriya maidens. No trip to Sri Lanka is worth it without visiting this wonder known as Sigiriya. The cultural triangle is by far ancient Sri Lankan architectural tradition at its very best

 

Recent Articles

Sun, sea and gold sand

Ensconced in the waters of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is endowed with over thousand miles of golden beaches and is simply paradise for those looking to spend an idyllic holiday surrounded by palm fringed smooth sands and clear azure waters.
Sun, sea and gold sand

Luxury Plantations Bungalows in Sri Lanka

Set amidst the cool climes of Sri Lanka’s lush plantations and lakes up in the misty hills of the Central province, plantation bungalows offer the perfect getaway from the humid and arid environment in other parts of the country.
Luxury Plantations Bungalows in Sri Lanka

Spas and Ayurvedic Healing in Sri Lanka

One of the world’s oldest approaches to medicine, Ayurvedic healing is an ancient system based on 5000 years of tradition and to this day is a accepted choice of treatment amongst Sri Lankans and is practiced by almost 60 per cent of the population.
Spas and Ayurvedic Healing in Sri Lanka