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Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Polonnaruwa

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Ruin Monument
See the ancient structure of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, built to hold a relic of the Buddha's tooth and the alms bowl he used. At the center of the circular building with concentric terraces, you can see a seated Buddha. Belonging to Polonnaruwa period, the most striking stone work in the monument comes from guard stone and moonstone. Historians believe ornamental elements at the monument's entrance represent the cycle of Samsara in Buddhism. Spare a though for the many local people who have managed to preserve the site in near-perfect condition. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Polonnaruwa Vatadage by using our Polonnaruwa tour planner.
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  • Beautiful temple this one with nice moonstones at the entrance. It's circular with images facing in four directions. A pair of socks is handy on a hot day if you wish to avoid burning your feet  more »
  • One of the corners of the archaeological site of Polonnaruwa that is better preserved, you get a pretty good idea of how it was and one of the obligatory stops
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  • The complex more or less preserved sacred building impressive as a whole, in addition to a number of amazing detail-I just need to watch. Still it's a lively spiritual place.
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  • These ruins tell a story of a bygone era. So much of history . The craftsmanship is stunning.
  • Beautifully architected indoor image house with a stupa (pagoda) in the middle, surrounded by 4 buddhas in each entry point. A must visit in polonnaruwa.
  • Very beautiful and historical place
  • Nice ancient ruin with minimally damaged moon stone.
  • Very very beautiful place in POLONNARUWA

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Where to stay in Polonnaruwa

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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