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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  • A visit to Polonnaruwa is definitely worth while. Our tour guide arranged a local guide who took us to the main sites, giving us information about what we were seeing and the history behind it. An...  more »
  • We were due to be taken to Sigiriya by our tour guide, but it wasn't really suitable for my post op knee, so he suggested going to the Polonnaruwa archaeological sites... It was a great experience...  more »
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