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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  • We visited this place in May and scorching sun. Avoid mid day as it is very hot and you have to walk barefoot. Read a lot about the history of this places as there is nothing left in the actual site. ...  more »
  • This site are worth a visit. Our driver took us to every part of the site, because this from different temples. Don't forget your sharong not ladies. Can also be visited by bike.
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  • We visited Polonnaruwa and it was probably the best cultural visit we had in our holidays in Sri Lanka. The visit can take between 3 and 5h and the cost for the whole thing is 25$ per person. Yes, it ...  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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