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Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa

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Historic Walking Area
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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  • The sites here are surprisingly light on tourists compared to elsewhere in SL. Or maybe we were lucky. The local trend is to hire a bike. Don't. The heat and humidity can be sapping. One needs a break...  more »
  • Complex of ruins that show that once was the nation's capital! The complex is huge, move bike, car... heat pressed and the grounds are several km.
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  • It is a great place of proud era in srilanka. Watch out the places and study. The history recall when you see the places here. Do not miss if you are interested about the history. Reccommended to hire...  more »