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Sandakada Pahana, 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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  • Situated within the main polonnaruwa ruins. It would be ideal if you visit this place having the background history knowledge. Evening visit more convenient because of the warm weather. There are vari...  more »
  • One can see these beautiful moonstones at the bottom of steps leading up to buddhist buildings. It is a semi circular piece of ornately decorated stone and a unique feature of Sinhalese architecture. ...  more »
  • Sandakada Pahana are elaborately carved moon shaped stones that sit at the base of steps and are apparently a feature of various ancient sites in Sri Lanka. The most famous and the ones seen were in P...  more »