AFTER BALLOON RIDE
- The cultural triangle in the North Central,
ie: Dambulla, Sigiriya, Kandalama etc.
Things to do after your Hot air Balloon Flight
The Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka which is made of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Dambulla as three corners, with Sigiriya in the center. All four towns hold the ancient assets of Sri Lanka. The Cultural Triangle is the best way to know the culture and heritage of Sri Lanka. The area is famous for cultural and archeological reminders of a great civilization of the past!
Kandy: One of the main attractions is Sri Dalada Maligawa - Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic http://sridaladamaligawa.lk
Dambulla was designated a World Heritage site in 1991. The caves has a mixture of religious and secular painting and sculpture, illustrating the Mahayana influences on Buddhism at the time through introducing Hindu deities such as Vishnu and Ganesh. http://www.goldentemple.lk/site
Sigiriya Sigiriya was no mere fortress, gloomy and forbidding. At the brief height of its glory, it was a royal citadel for more than 18 years, from 477 to 495 A.D, one of the loveliest that have graced this land. The wonder and beauty of SIGIRIYA – The Lion Mountain is North of Dambulla. The tales surrounding King Kasyapa have been passed from generation to generation and still have the power to instill respect, admiration and the greatest monument to his memory the remnants of his palace in the sky. http://www.sigiriyatourism.com
Habarana : Heading North on the road to Polonaruwa and you reach the sleepy town of Habarana. Here adopt the mantle of the ‘Raj’ and allow a patient elephant to carry you around the lake.
Polonnaruwa : This medieval capital was once protected by 3½ miles of walls. The many sculptures, friezes ruins, temples etc are contained within a family compact area. A preferable and equally historic destination to Anuradhapura for the traveller with less time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polonnaruwa
Anuradhapura Anuradhapura is Sri Lanka's most sacred town. From origins as a settlement in the 6th century BC, it was made capital in 377 BC by King Pandukabhaya (437–367 BC) who started the great irrigation works. Once the greatest monastic city of the ancient word. Abandoned in 1073 to the mercy of the jungle, the British explorers who discovered it in the 19th Century thought they had stumbled on a “lost” city. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anuradhapura
The sacred Bodhi Tree “Sri Maha Bodhi” – the oldest known in the World – a cutting of the tree in India where the Buddha achieved enlightenment – is central to the buildings and religious awareness. Golden railings maintain its safety and to approach with the pilgrims. Please remember to remove hat and shoes.