Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa

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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  • As a World Heritage site in the heat and crowded with school groups I was a bit underwhelmed. You need good info to bring this one to life a bit.  more »
  • Oh wow ... this is truly spectacular and well worth the visit. Many temples to visit so take your time. The workmanship and skill to build these amazing structures is truly spectacular. I strongly rec...  more »
  • Came here for the day with my partner and our three youngest. Our guide drove us between each site but there was still a lot of walking and it was very hot - so make sure you take plenty of water and ...  more »
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