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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  • If you been to maccu pichu, bagan and angkor wat then this will be the most disappointing site. 80% are just ruin foundation with a few poorly maintained buddist temples in place. At 25 USD for foreig...  more »
  • We started of at the museum which I would recommend as we could see what the ruins once looked like with a private guide. The entrance cost 18000 for a family of 5 and takes a good several hours to go...  more »
  • If you are up here you have to take a half day/ day to explore all the ruins and leaned about the history it's an amazing place it's definitely a must do! Even better with a guided tour. I enjoyed it  more »
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