Archaeological Museum, Polonnaruwa

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Offering insight into the art and history of the medieval city of Polonnaruwa, Archaeological Museum is worth visiting before (as an introduction) or after (as a recapitulation) touring the actual ruins. The museum features an outstanding collection of bronze statues, many of which represent Shiva, some ancient medical instruments, and a topographical model of this World Heritage-listed site, depicting buildings as they presumably looked like in the past. As you move through the exhibit rooms, you'll see that each one is dedicated to a particular area of the former capital--the outer city, the citadel, the monastery, and so on. Using our international travel planner, Polonnaruwa attractions like Archaeological Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I started my journey through the Polonnaruwa Ancient Ruins with a visit to the Archaeological Museum. Would highly recommend that the museum is visited first. It enables you to put into perspective wh...  more »
  • A must if you come here.A new museum.This is well designed. The lake nearby makes a pretty setting.The history of the area is well depicted.  more »
  • It is best to spend time here - a lot of time. This will help you relive every part of the ancient ruins and palaces of Polonnaruwa. Our group wanted to go to the sites first but if you dont read abou...  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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