Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa

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Must see · World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · Architectural Building
Uncover the remnants of an ancient kingdom at Polonnaruwa, a World Heritage Site dating back to the 8th century. Once the royal city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa, the second oldest of Sri Lanka's ancient kingdoms, the city was first declared capital in 1070 by King Vijayabahu. Wind your way around the temple ruins, tombs, and statues stretching over 4 km (2.5 mi) and surrounded by light woodland and echoes of ancient gardens. Bring water and wear footwear suited to uneven terrain. Use our Polonnaruwa trip maker website to add Polonnaruwa and other attractions to your Polonnaruwa vacation plans.
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  • Polonnaruwa is in the meantime an archeological and a natural site. Do not expect ruins like you will have around the Mediterranean Sea or in Central America, but the monuments are suggestive...  more »
  • It’s a nice place with rich history. Since the areas are spread quite a bit, maybe a good idea to hire a tuk-tuk (we travelled by car). A local guide could be very helpful, else you may not...  more »
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