Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka from Polonnaruwa 800 years ago, when it was a thriving commercial and religious centre. From here, free-marketeers haggled for rare goods and the pious prayed at any one of its numerous temples. The glories of that age can be found in archaeological treasures which give a pretty good idea of how the city looked in its heyday. You’ll find the archaeological park a delight to explore, with hundreds of ancient structures – tombs and temples, statues and stupas – in a compact core. The Quadrangle alone is worth the trip.
That Polonnaruwa is close to elephant-packed national parks only adds to its popularity. And the town itself makes a pleasant base for a day or two, fringed by a huge, beautiful tank with a relaxed ambience.
Things to Do:
Minneriya Wewa / Rivers / Polonnaruwa / Gal Vihara / Polonnaruwa Vatadage / Lankathilaka Image House / Medirigiriya Vatadage / Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins / Sandakada Pahana / Somawathiya Chaitya / Gal-potha Stone Book / Thivanka Image House / Weijantha Prasada / Rankoth Vehera / Wasgamuwa National Park / Statue of Parakramabahu / Nissanka Latha Mandapaya / Somawathie Chaitiya Sanctuary / Lotus Pond / Sathmahal Prasada / Parakrama Samudra / Archaeological Museum / Angammedilla National Park / River Bathing / Photo Shoots / BBQ Nights
Approximately Time & Distance from Colombo: 4 h 58 min (229.8 km)
Province: North Central Province | District: Polonnaruwa District
Luxury Hotels in Area:
The Lake Hotel | Approximately Price Range: 90 to 100 USD | Click here to see the hotel
Royal Nest Polonnaruwa | Approximately Price Range: 50 to 60 USD | Click here to see the hotel