Our rich Culture and 2,500 year History

Along with awe-inspiring landscapes and a treasure trove of ancient cities, forts and Buddhist temples, Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle is framed by the island’s four most historical cities: Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa & Kandy Culture and history lovers are in for a spectacular treat when they set off to explore the Triangle which also includes the lesser known cities of Mihintale, Ritigala, Kurunegala and, of course, Sigiriya, the famed rock fortress.
Anuradhpura is the most sacred of the ancient cities. It is home to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi (the southern branch of the historical tree in India where Buddha received his Enlightenment). It is widely considered to be the oldest living human-planted tree in the world. Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, hosts a magical 10-day festival every July/ August, the Kandy Perahera, to honour the Sacred Tooth Relic. The oldest and grandest of Buddhist festivals in Asia, it features lavishly decorated elephants, fire breathers, jugglers, drummers and dancers all parading in the streets. Polonnaruwa represents pre-medieval Sri Lanka, bursting with archaeological treasures – ancient monuments, temples, tombs and stupas that show what life was like in the city’s heyday. Erupting from the arid plain, Sigiriya also known as the Lion Rock, soars into the sky, a near vertical rock that was once the entrance to the royal Citadel of King Kasyapa in 477. Built over 1600 years ago, Sigiriya is an exquisite example of ancient art and architecture with colourful frescoes adorning the sides of the rock.

No cultural visit to the island is complete without heading Southwest to the heritage city of Galle Fort – labelled the “cultural capital of the southern coast”. English sailors, Arab traders and Dutch & Portuguese merchants have, over the centuries, left a breathtaking architectural and historic heritage. Recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988, Galle Fort is a must-visit on your trip to Sri Lanka. Cricket aficionados should also plan to see Galle International Stadium, a historic ground where many cricketing legends were forged. A quick trip to the National Museum of Galle, located in the oldest remaining Dutch building in Galle Fort is a special treat for all lovers of history.

With its beautifully preserved buildings,  stunning colonial houses, quirky shops and quaint cobblestoned streets,  Galle is a window on the past, perfectly illustrating the European influence in South Asia.

Galle fort, Sri Lanka

Taru Villas have two stunning properties within the storied ramparts, Taru Villas – Lighthouse Street and Taru Villas – Rampart Street, both an elegant combination of old colonial charm and stylish and modern comforts.

Church and Buddhist Temple at Galle fort, Sri Lanka

Allow at least 4 days to visit the Triangle, and a couple more days for the Galle Fort. When booking your Heritage stay, let the helpful Taru Villas Concierge service assist you with recommendations for your complete trip.


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Galle Fort

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