There is a good chance that when you search for anything about Sri Lanka through Google or even ask a friend that has gone to the country, Sigiriya will be mentioned many times – it is considered to be the 8th Ancient Wonder of the World by archaeologists after all. However, something that the ancient town is often overlooked by many travellers and even guidebooks is the fact it serves to be the geographical heart of the Cultural Triangle endowed with ancient grandeur and everchanging vistas, which also serves as the perfect jumping point to experience the cultural elegance of Sri Lanka.
Being in the geographical heart of the Cultural Triangle, Sigiriya Town serves to be an ideal location to go to the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, and even explore the last kingdom of Kandy. Depending on the transport that you would utilise, the time taken to travel between the ancient cities that make the Cultural Triangle are, more or less, the same since it is right in the middle of it.
Accessible roads and less congestion
Some of the things that many travellers opt for is preferring to stay at a place that is less congested and located in a peaceful corner of the world, while also serving as a great place to jump off to an adventure the very next day. Yes, I know it is quite difficult to find places like that, but Sigiriya does justice to that notion. As a result of its close proximity to the crossroads town and equally ancient Dambulla Town, you could easily embark on a day trip to wherever you want to go in the Cultural Triangle. Couple that with frequent buses that travel through to the ancient civilisations from there, and you are pretty much covered in the transportation department.
The right setting for some RnR
Another feature that is often overlooked by many a traveller visiting the cultural heart is its ideal location to just relax and escape from the rat race. Sigiriya, although called a town, is more like a village, which is virtually untouched by developers of the concrete jungle when compared to its neighbouring towns. Couple that with exquisite stays at properties like Hotel Sigiriya that provide you with all the amenities to bask in the natural bliss of the ancient hamlet – what more could you ask for?
Exquisite recreational activities to delve into
There is only so much history that one could take in, and Sigiriya is ideal to take a change in pace of activities. Maybe a trip down the rustic path? You could easily go to the National Parks of Minneriya and Wasgamuwa and witness one of the largest animal migrations in the world, aptly named the ‘The Gathering of Elephants’. How about a bird’s eye view of the Cultural Triangle? Yes, you could go ‘up, up and away’ in a hot air balloon just after sunrise and witness the ancient village come to life.
Finding the right base camp to experience the best of the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka can be quite a hard thing to do, since there are a number of options out there. However, there is always something missing in most of those alternatives, except for Sigiriya.