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.
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.