Thivanka Image House, Polonnaruwa

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  • August 13, 2017
    You must visit this place located in ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Specialty of the large image is that it curved in three places. One belief is that this represent the moment of loard budhdha's visit ...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    Fourth time here but the first time I have seen this place and was amazed st what I had missed. This huge image house is a wonderful building and has undergone significant restoration at least on one ...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    Beautiful on the outside, and very interesting inside. It is far from the most crowded area of the ruins of Polonnaruwa, but if you can get deserves the penalty., outside has interesting carvings and inside preserves frescos paintings on the walls of the Sigiriya-like dancers.
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  • April 19, 2017
    Take some time to examine the true meanins of the paintings in this place. Cameras are not allowed. Don't try to take pictures in the image house.
  • April 14, 2017
    This place has largest preserved paintings from Polonnaruwa era. Other than this place only other remaining paintings from this era is in Gal Viharaya and it is a little patch. The most famous scenery painted here is named "Sankassa pura wadamaweema" which is a incident fromlord Buddaha's life.
  • July 18, 2017
    One of most historical place in Polonnaruwa
  • July 1, 2017
    Ancient place one must see once
  • September 20, 2016
    Not been preserved well at early stage of discovery. Could be another Sigiriya.

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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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