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. Add Polonnaruwa Vatadage and other attractions to your Polonnaruwa trip itinerary using our Polonnaruwa travel tool .
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  • A visit through the Polonnaruwa Ruins would not be complete with seeing the impressive ruins at Polonnaruwa Vatadage. I was blessed that my tour guide partnered with a guide he recommended I pay for, ...  more »
  • This is a old Buddhist temple. You need about half an hour here. Worth the visit.You will not miss it on your walk around the ruins.  more »
  • Must visit the Vatadage in Polonnaruwa. The moonstone is a beautiful piece of stone carving. We did a hald-day stop at Polonnaruwa and this was not enough. The ruins are extensive and spread out over ...  more »
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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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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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