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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  • Lots to see in this ancient and well preserved city which is rightly a UNESCO world heritage site. Shamefully, we spent less than two hours here when at least three would've given us the opportunity.....  more »
  • I visited Polonnaruwa on the way from Negombo to Sigriya. It requires atleast 2-3 hours and is worth the visit. Entrance fee for SAARC citizens (includes India) is USD 12.5 and you need to produce...  more »
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