Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Polonnaruwa

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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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  • August 18, 2017
    It is the first temple we saw with the complex and left us impressed by its subtlety. But then come more.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Beside the Gal Vihara boeddha's, this place is the second highlight for me. Nicely preserved. Floor can get hot during noon and afternoon, specially as you can only visit the interiour without shoes, ...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Extraordinary temple which we toured with emotion. Not to be missed. Think about the socks as floor burning!
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  • April 3, 2017
    These ruins tell a story of a bygone era. So much of history . The craftsmanship is stunning.
  • March 6, 2017
    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.
  • December 13, 2016
    Very beautiful and historical place
  • March 10, 2017
    Nice ancient ruin with minimally damaged moon stone.
  • October 29, 2016
    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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