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Ancient City of Polonnaruwa



An ancient medieval capital built after the fall of Anuradhapura. Visit the surreal ruins of this ancient city that is home to some of the countries most beautiful and well known archaeological sites.
Sri Lanka’s medival capital after the fall and destruction of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa contains various masterpieces of Buddhist sculpture and architecture, as well as, remarkable feats of engineering that are widely regarded as ahead of their time. The most famous of these masterpieces is the Gal Vihara, with its famous rock carvings of Lord Buddha. The Sacred Quadrangle, which includes the Vatadage, used to hold the Tooth of Lord Buddha. The Parakrama Samudra, (the sea of Parakrama in English) is a man made reservoir (or tank) stretching over 23 kilometers which is a prime example of advanced engineering of that time.

Suitable for children:

Child Friendly. Prams not recommended due to steps.


Approx. 02h30 (Depending on interest, not inclusive of travel time)



What to wear/bring:

Kindly cover your shoulders, knees, take off your shoes and bring a pair of socks as the ground may heat up.


Guided visit. If unaccompanied by a guide a site guide can be arranged. Bicycle tour recommended. Child seats available. Tour possible via Tuk Tuk.

Good to know:

Watch out for monkeys! Avoid bringing food items in plain sight, do not feed them and watch your belongings. Please respect Buddhist customs and do not take pictures with your back to Lord Buddha.  

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