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Cultural Triangle

Stretching from green hills of Kandy to the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura in the north and Polonnaruwa in the east, the Cultural Triangle - traditionally referred to as Rajarata, or “The King’s Land” - was the heart of Sinhalese civilisation whose grandiose monuments have encapsulated the golden age of ancient kingdoms and Buddhist art.

Many of the temples, sculptures, monasteries and stupas lying within the Cultural Triangle date back to over 2000 years. The spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka’s single most extraordinary sight, whereas the ancient city of Anuradhapura, one of medieval Asia’s great metropolises, is dotted with a large number of elaborate palaces, enormous tanks and monumental dagobas. Further south, Polonnaruwa, the island’s second capital, boasts impressive archaeological relics and monuments.

Other notable attractions include the impressive cave temples of Dambulla, and the sacred mountain of Mihintale, scene of the introduction of Buddhism to the island.

 

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