Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa

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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  • This magnificent site is to be visited with a guide as it contains information that would escape the history of this royal city of which there are still many ruins. Count €30 for the museum and the city whose entrances are far enough to protect you from the sun. You will find tuk tuk and bikes at the entrance of the site.
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  • Since the remains are concentrated in a relatively compact area, it is recommended to round by bicycle. It would take more than a half day to go around all the ruins, but I was able to round in about four hours so I narrowed down to some extent to see. There were a lot of people who were aroundthe in the Charter of the car and tuk, but it is not around at my own pace because it will be to keep the driver waiting for it.
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