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Sri Lanka | My ultimate guide to visiting the Cultural Triangle

How fast time flies, it’s already been nine months since I was in Sri Lanka and experienced one of my favourite and most eye-opening countries to date. It may have been nine months, but I’m still dreaming of this beautiful country, the amazing people and the delicious food, because some places truly stay with you a long time after you have visited. One post I always meant to write, but has been sitting in my drafts folder unfinished for a long time, is my guide to visiting the Cultural Triangle. For those who don’t know, it is a centre for culture, history and heritage in the country and some pretty awe-inspiring sights lie waiting for those travellers who venture into its midst. The spiritual heart of the country encompasses ancient cities, and a treasure trove of incredible natural sights, ruins and wildlife, and is definitely somewhere not to be missed when planning your stay.

Where to stay?

We first visited Dambulla and stayed at the beautiful Diyabubula Hideaway which was the perfect artist’s retreat and offered all the luxury you could ask for while being slap bang in the centre of the Cultural Triangle. It was a fab location for exploring the area and a truly beautiful accommodation, I really recommend staying there . We also had an amazing opportunity to enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon ride across the countryside while we stayed here and it was honestly one of the most amazing trade experiences of my life. A surprise birthday present for the boyfriend, I organised it long before we set foot in the country and despite all the amazing things we did while travelling, it still remains my favourite experience in Sri Lanka, read about it here.

What is there to see?

One of Sri Lanka’s ancient cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura is a former capital city, from the 4th century BC, set on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. Surrounded by Buddhist monasteries and one of the oldest and continuously inhabited cities in the world, it makes for a breathtaking sight as you wander through the well-preserved ruins of this ancient civilisation. Make sure you give yourself a full day to explore as you’ll find endless ruins, carvings and statues waiting to be discovered.