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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  • You could easily spend hours upon hours here. There is so much to see and walk around. We travelled by car, however, you could easily get around walking. The sites are very well preserved for such anc...  more »
  • The number one place i would like to visit on my trip to Sri Lanka was here. It was a mysterious, beautiful and unbelievable place that was designated a World Heritage Site. It was very good, but it was a shame that there was a lack of restoration and management. The space of Buddhism and Hinduism is a strange mix of mysteries and many stories.
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