Cultural tours in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is rich in its historical and cultural heritage and with over 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites located in this small island. Many of these sites are located within the cultural triangle of the island. The Cultural Triangle has brought Sri Lanka’s history alive in the most enchanted manner for many travelers to the country. It covers the north central towns of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandy where extensive archeological ruins provide a glimpse into the island’s history, dating back to the 4th century BC. However the southern parts of the island which include the Dutch Fort in Galle, the legend of Hanuman in the hills are also areas that should not be missed on a cultural tour.

Sri Lanka’s written history exceeds 2550 years. Its pre-history consists of planned cities, magnificent palaces, and expansive man made reservoirs, stunning temples and monasteries, eco gardens, stone monuments are some of the works of art that symbolize the enriched lives the ancient kings of Sri Lanka lived. There are many places to be visited to cover the colonial history of the county as well. Areas like Negombo, Kalpitiya, Trincomalee, Kandy, Galle and Colombo have many places with some amazing history of the colonial days of the Portuguese, Dutch and British.

Most of the area that is covered on a cultural holiday in Sri Lanka would concentrate on the North central areas of the dry zone of the country. These locations are excellent for wildlife as well due to the fact that the areas have been protected for many generations. One can mix a nice wildlife experience with your historical or cultural holiday to Sri Lanka.

Places to be visited

We recommend some places that you should not miss out on during your trip to Sri Lanka. These need to be in your bucket list for your Sri Lankan holiday.

Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress and see the Frescoes

A visit to Polonnaruwa ancient city

A full day visit to the ancient city of Anuradhapura

Mihintale rock temple

Thanthirimale temple

Ritigala Monastery

Aukana Buddha statue

Yapahuwa ancient city

Climb up the Dambulla Cave temple

The Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy

Visit some of the lesser known historical sites in Kandy – Aluvihara temple, Nalanda Gediage & the 3 temple walk

The ancient Hanuman temple in Nuwara Eliya and Ella

Buduruwagala temple in the southern hills

The Dutch Fort in Galle

Kandy Perahera

The Kandy Esala Perahera , one of Sri Lanka’s most famous religious festival


Vesak is a religious and cultural festival celebrated in Sri Lanka

Sri Pada or Adam’s Peak

Venture out in to the deep sea and witness a show put on by the ever dolphins.


Sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka.


Polonnaruwa bears witness to several civilizations, notably that of the conquering Cholas, disciples of Brahminism,


Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka.