Sri Lanka

What to see in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle

With its 5 UNESCO sites, the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka forms one of the most beautiful collections of Buddhist art and architecture in all of Asia where one can admire monumental stupas (bell-shaped religious monument whose function is to preserve relics ), ruins of palaces that were once opulent mansions, majestic sculptures carved on the rock and well-preserved frescoes. Besides a cultural dimension of incalculable value, the golden triangle also presents an evocative landscape setting as the ancient cities are surrounded by mountains and dense forests.

Four (Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and Kandy) of the five UNESCO sites are described below while I left Anuradhapura out because I did not have time to include it into the itinerary. Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura are the sites bearing the biggest resemblance and the opinions if it is worth including them both on the itinerary or which is the most beautiful are discordant: we visited the first on the advice of our driver.


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