Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa is situated 218 km off Colombo, 66 km from Sigiriya and 103 km from Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.

Polonnaruwa is situated 218 km off Colombo, 66 km from Sigiriya and 103 km from Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. This was the splendid medieval capital of the (11th 12th century) and successor to Anuradhapura. Many interesting well preserved temples shrines and other buildings mostly of 12th century Vintage are found here. Significant remnants that can be seen are the Kings Council Chamber with inscribed pillars, the thuparama, an oblong brick image house with ornamental facades and beautifully executed animal friezes and the imposing palace of King Parakrama Bahu, one of Polannaruwa’s greatest kings. Other places of interest are the Kumara Pokuna, the handsome Royal Bath with an intriguing drainage system, the beautiful Royal pavilion embellished with lion portals, graceful pillars and a moonstone, a delicately carved semicircular stepping stone, the elegant Vatadage lavished with delicate sculpture, the seven tiered Satmahal Prasada, the Nissanka Lata Mandapaya, a pretty floral alter whose stone pillars simulate with rare grace; a lotus on a stalk, the Hatadage; the house of sixty relics of simple beauty, the curios galpotha, a massive 27 ft stone book inscribed with the deeds of Nissanka Malla, another great Polonnaruwa King and the Pabulu Vehera, a softly rounded shrine and two Siva devales (temple to Hindu deities) dating from 11th and 13th centuries and the famous Gal Vihara, the rock temple of the Buddha.

Tourists Attractions in Polonnaruwa

  • Ancient Cities

Polonnaruwa, one of the ancient historical cities of Sri Lanka is situated 218 km off Colombo, 66 km from Sigiriya and 103 km from Anuradhapura. This was the splendid medieval capital of the (11th 12th century AD) and successor to Anuradhapura. Many interesting well-preserved temples shrines and other buildings mostly of 12th century Vintage are found here. Significant remnants that can be seen are the Kings Council chamber with inscribed pillars, the Thuparama, an oblong brick image house with ornamental facades and beautifully executed animal friezes and the imposing palace of King Parakrama Bahu, one of Polannaruwa’s greatest kings.

  • Bicycle Trekking

Polonnaruwa is one of Sri Lanka’s ancient capital cities (and part of the famous 'Cultural Triangle'). Although King Vijayabahu 1 was the first to claim the city as his capital, it was King Parakramabahu who made it what it is today, with its massive buildings, ornate parks and the 'pièce de resistance' - a 2500 hectare tank called 'Parakrama Samudra' ('Sea of Parakrama'). The city is divided into new and old town with the impressively preserved ruins.

Due to its reasonably compact layout, the ruins can be easily explored on foot, and with the surrounding area's being flat well maintained roads, one can do the sightseeing by bicycle.

Polonnaruwa on map

Sri Lanka Tourism Activities around Polonnaruwa