The area now known as the Cultural Triangle is an area formed roughly by Kandy in the south, Anuradhapura in the north and Polonnoruwa in the east. This triangle contains five of Sri Lanka’s Unesco World Heritage Sites including the cave temple of Dambulla, the ancient capitals of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, the rock fortress of Sirigirya and Kandy. Start the experience at the Dambulla Cave Temple, one of the most impressive cave temples in Asia, which dates back to the 1st century BC. Inside, images of the Lord Buddha and various gods and goddesses, are painted on the ceiling, following the contours of the rock. Make an early start to visit Sirigirya or the “Lion Rock” a soaring monolith which rises 600 feet out of the landscape. Many theories and legends surround this remnant of a long extinct volcano, the most recent claims that it was an attempt to emulate Alakamanda the mythical Himalayan mountain paradise of Kuvera, God of Riches. Whatever the answer you will not be disappointed. Polonnaruwa once the mediaeval capital is one of the most beautiful centres of the cultural heritage. It rose to fame between the 10th-12th centuries with the entire landscape punctuated by huge man made reservoirs, the most famous being Prakrama Samudra. The well preserved monuments of the city give clear evidence of the glory of Sri Lanka’s past.
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