Uncover the remnants of an ancient kingdom at Polonnaruwa, a World Heritage Site dating back to the 8th century. Once the royal city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa, the second oldest of Sri Lanka's ancient kingdoms, the city was first declared capital in 1070 by King Vijayabahu. Wind your way around the temple ruins, tombs, and statues stretching over 4 km (2.5 mi) and surrounded by light woodland and echoes of ancient gardens. Bring water and wear footwear suited to uneven terrain. Use our Polonnaruwa trip maker website to add Polonnaruwa and other attractions to your Polonnaruwa vacation plans.
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  • The ruins of Polonnaruwa is one of the essential stops on the tour to Sri Lanka. Upon entering, you can access the Museum where there are objects from the period and replica of the place. Actually there are many points to visit, but our guide led us to the most important and where there is something to do. There, all are ruins, some preserved better than others, but one can make the idea of as it must have been all that in his time. It is essential to enter barefoot all the temples, I advise to wear socks that the floor burns. The best were the statues carved Buddhist rock Gal Viharaya, impressive! The entrance is expensive, but I think that it's worth the visit.
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  • Great sights, which are the best with the bike. We were travelling with our driver, he has waited on us before the sights and further driven us - in the heat, we were very pleased about this variant. You get the plan when purchasing tickets at the Museum, which is very informative.
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  • We took a bus from habarana to here in about 60 minutes for less than 150lkr after being helped by an old lady selling water by the roadside. The cost was around 7000lkr for two people, and we hired b...  more »

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Famous for its UNESCO-protected and often-visited complex of ruins, Polonnaruwa caters to its visitors with dozens of guesthouses, the majority situated along Batticaloa Road. A number of mid-range and four-star hotels sit on Parakrama Samundra and the shores of Bendiwewa reservoir. Nearby Giritale village, some 7 km (4.3 mi) away, also offers nice alternatives as a rural base. A number of budget-friendly bed & breakfasts can be found near the lake.
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