If you are a traveler would like to lost yourself awhile amid the unique harmony of the nature and human imagination, Cultural Triangle is a MUST VISIT during your stay in Sri Lanka where lay the world’s most astonishing remnant collections of enormous Buddhist monuments and vast monasteries surrounded with extensive art and architectural complexes, which still astonishing thousands of worldwide spectators.
In 3 hours’, drive to North Central Plains from the commercial capital of the Teardrop island, there you Go ‘’Rajarata ‘! known as the king’s land of Sri Lanka. This is where you absorb the island’s unique cultural heritage well preserved and presented with the perfect blend of the incredible history of this island nation, where the splendid monuments of dilapidated, ancient monasteries and Buddhist temples still stand with their glamour and majesty to portrait the glory of the golden age dating back as far as 2000 years of civilization.
Cultural Triangle covers three major historic capitals of Sri Lanka – first Sinhalese capital – Anuradhapura, the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa and the hill capital of Kandy, forming a shape of a triangle. Apart from them there are about 6 out of 8 of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites lined up within the cultural triangle with numeral ancient monuments, including the abandoned cities of Yapahuwa; the great Buddha statues of Aukana; the fascinating temples of Aluvihara and Ridi Vihara; and the forest reserve monasteries of Arankele and Ritigala
If you can pay a visit to this splendid sites during a finest sunset , you won’t miss the magical flashes created by mind soothing chants varied with aromatic sensation casting by the thousand burning lamps and incense sticks , while different shadows of shades and shapes projecting by the floating clouds rolling above the giant Dagobas/ stupas – the large dome constructions built to shelter and reserve ancient relics of Buddha from years and years. in scale they are exceeding only by the Egyptian pyramids where one of those 3 major stupa is almost 3000 years old and only second in size to the pyramids of Giza.
It’s absolutely surprising when you find this flourishing sites’ artistic and architectural creations designs solely projected to evoke the spiritual enlighten of the devotees for their sophisticated believes and norms based on Buddhist civilization. For an example wherever you go you’ll find magnificent rock carvings engraved with beautiful sculptures of Buddhas in different meditative poses, elephants, imaginary animals, floral designs, demons, noble men are few of those.
Remarkable ruins of moonstones at the entrances of the royal buildings and temples believed provoke the concept of ‘Nirvana’ in Buddhism.. , the “Korawakgala” known as Dragon stone lies on the sides of the steps leading to the door or the entrance of the buildings represents an imaginary animal concerned as the guardians to divine buildings are few of the finest examples for the whole idea.
The Kingdoms cover in cultural triangle have been technologically advanced civilizations of its day, and the creation of enormous tanks to store the water was a singular accomplishment, as providing sufficient water for agricultural needs has been a prominent duty of the kings back then. The reservoirs were designed to capture the rains of the monsoon and then slowly distribute the water among the kingdom’s farms, using a complicated and highly advanced irrigation system which you will still witness today.
Evening strolls in this magical city would always bring you the best of your stay as you will be enjoying that tranquil feeling when the fluttering breeze stroking along the giant lakes and turquoise paddies always there to welcome you , while you capture a best click of the sunset along the raised banks, to take back home .
What else there for your holiday at the cultural triangle apart from the mind blowing cultural and spiritual explore? Yes if you are also a wildlife fan, here you are; where celebrated forest reserves of Minneriya renowned for its elephants gathering, Kaudulla and Wasgamuwa also stand as natural attractions in your next stops. You’ll never be tired of a 2 -3 hours safari session as you will find finest scenes of wildlife in these reserves.
Visiting the cultural triangle would never be a waste for your holiday at the tear drop island , as it has lot to offer you in a one package where you can enjoy the best sight scenes with immense cultural , archeological and wildlife values.
To suit the tropical temperature of the area, light cotton clothes are always advisable but make sure they are covering the shoulders and the knees when you enter the temples as the whole sites have set with immense admiration and esteem of the natives’ demonstrators. Also, pair of slippers or sandals would be much comfy on your strolls as you have to remove your shoes at the entrance of temples to follow the rituals.