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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  • Museum and ruins well worth the visit. undiscovered for 700 years. The Kings Palace with a huge slice off rock on which 4000 rules are engraved, truly amazing  more »
  • Brought ticket at museum entrance to visit the ruins. Do the museum first because once you’ve done the ruins, they keep your ticket so you cant pass to anyone else, and you then cant get into the...  more »
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