Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa

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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Polonnaruwa attractions like Polonnaruwa can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Definitely a must see. Rent a bike and make sure you don't miss the big buddha's at the end of the park. Drink plenty of water, can be extremely hot. Start at the museum, gives you more insight in wha...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    It is a large complex of ruins, but not tired at all. Its diversity and willingness make the visit enjoyable and not stun.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The ruins are impressive and interesting to see especially if you have a tour guide or can remember the infos from the museum well. However, we found the visit really tough: it's very hot, it involves...  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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