HIGHLIGHTS AND MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF the cultural triangle
Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle contains five of Sri Lanka’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and offers a fascinating insight into the rich historical and cultural heritage of the country, in locations within delightfully close proximity. Geographically the triangle is framed by the three corners of Anuradhapura in the northwest, Kandy in the south and Polonnaruwa to the east. Here you will find ancient Buddhist monuments and temples that date back as far as 2,200 years, mystical rock fortresses and royal palaces that are all aching to be explored.
The southern corner of the triangle, Kandy, is set along the Mahaweli River and is the second largest of Sri Lanka’s cities. Enviably laid-back, Kandy throngs with cultural activities and is a great place to soak up the local atmosphere. A key pilgrimage spot in Kandy and place of Buddhist worship is the Temple of the Tooth, is a serene place where you can join other followers queuing to catch a glimpse of the revered tooth inside an ornate casket. Visitors in July should try and coincide with the Kandy Perahera, a 10-day Buddhist festival and pageant of lively street processions and celebrations.
Spend a few days here and enjoy the comfortable accommodations of the Kandy House; a beautifully restored ancestral home located on the hills to the east of town.