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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  • This is an incredible historic area with lots of sites to visit. We only spent a half day but you can easily spend the entire day wandering about seeing Hindu and Buddhist temples, beautiful...  more »
  • We were staying in Dambulla as part of our tour and made the trip to visit this fantastic site - not to be missed! We went in the morning and were meant to be using bicycles to get around - it was...  more »

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