Thivanka Image House, Polonnaruwa

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  • It's really historic place and you should visit it. It's around 2.4 Km away from main road. Good if you have a guide with you or at least a guide book is mandatory as either of them will explain the r...  more »
  • This one of the places you must visit in Polonnaruwa .The fresco is lovely.There are restoration work had been done.  more »
  • The image house was closed the day I visited as it was undergoing some restoration work. Supposedly has some Buddha statues and also drawings that can still be seen.  more »
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  • This is large and decorative one. The vihara has derived the name thivanka as the main buddha statues are curved in three places..
  • Thivanka Pilimage had been built by King Parakramabahu (1153-1186) as part of the Jethavanarama Complex. Since the large image of Buddha has been curved in 3 places, this has been given the name “Thivanka” which literally means three curves. As most other structures of this era, this is too built with bricks including the statue. The Buddha statue at the Thivanka Pilimage is about 8 meters in height but today the part of the statue above the head has been destroyed. The statue as at today is 6.6 metres tall. The building is 133 feet long and 67.6” feet wide. The walls are 7-12 feet thick making the internal size of the building much smaller.
  • One of the best places to see Sri Lakan cultural designs
  • Nice and clean, soo quite, photos not allowed , you can get information from counter, friendly guide.
  • To me this was the second most impressive sites in the old city. Beautiful painted walls. It is a pity they need to protect it with the roof and walls but it still is very impressive and the detail of the paintwork is beautiful. Worthwhile the extra cycling kilometer.

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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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