Sri Lanka

Cultural Triangle

The Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka is the historical heart of the island but also represents a concentration of its richness between intriguing vestiges, superb temples, extraordinary fauna, and Buddhist fervour.

The region of the Cultural Triangle is full of treasures more or less known. Although the fortress of Sigiriya or the troglodyte temple of Dambulla is not to be missed, there are also superb places to discover off the beaten track such as the rock of Pidurangala, the site of Mihintale, or the citadel of Yapahuwa. The three points of this triangle are Kandy, the religious capital of the island, Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, two ancient capitals of the Kingdom of Ceylon.

But the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka is not limited to historical and cultural sites. It also includes several national parks where you can observe elephants in their natural habitat, in complete tranquillity. Besides, keep your eyes peeled as you might see them crossing the roads as if nothing had happened!

Mountainous region

The mountainous region of Sri Lanka will delight lovers of nature and outdoor activities. There you can contemplate tea plantations as far as the eye can see, climb Adam’s Peak at night to watch the sunrise, play golf, sip tea in the former palace of the British governor in Nuwara Eliya, admire the Bambarakanda Waterfalls during a trek in Horton Plains National Park, reach the Lipton’s Seat in Haputale by tuk-tuk, or take the famous blue train.

Don’t forget to bring warm clothings when you go through the mountainous region of Sri Lanka because once the sun sets the temperatures are cooler there than in the rest of the island which also explains the popularity of this region with the locals who are trying to escape the heat. This is why this region is so popular with the locals who like to come here to escape the heat.

West and South Coasts

The Western and Southern coasts of Sri Lanka offer a wide variety of beaches, from the festive Hikkaduwa to the confidential Madiha, through to Tangalle, and the almost deserted beaches. You will also discover the vibrant capital, Colombo, and the majestic Galle Fort. It is the ideal place to end your stay and experience a few days of relaxation by the Indian Ocean. Make the most of it and try one of the multitude of water sports available. Whether you like snorkelling, surfing, scuba diving, kite surfing, or dreaming of swimming with turtles, you will find your happiness in this part of the island. It is also possible to watch whales off Mirissa or take a trip to watch dolphins in Kalpitiya.

The West and South coasts of Sri Lanka not only consist of beautiful beaches. It only takes a few miles inland to leave the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in Sri Lankan village life. Take a bike ride through the rice fields, discover the cinnamon culture of Ceylon, or visit a local temple. For the nature lovers, take advantage of the proximity of the National Parks of Yala, Bundala, Udawalawe, or Wilpattu to observe elephants, buffaloes, peacocks, or crocodiles in their natural habitat.

The East Coast and the North

The East coast and the North of Sri Lanka have only opened up to tourism in recent years but they offer beautiful landscapes and an authentic atmosphere to visitors who decides to  venture there. You will also find some of the most beautiful beaches on the island: Nilaveli, Uppuveli, Passikudah and Arugam Bay, as well as cities such as Batticaloa or Jaffna, where you can meet the friendly local population.

The North of Sri Lanka, mostly Tamil, is an authentic region that allows you to discover a different facet of the country and have an extraordinary human experience. The East coast of Sri Lanka, on the other hand, offers beautiful beaches and magnificent sunsets, ideal for relaxing under the coconut palms!