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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Polonnaruwa or pulasthi nagara situated in north central province of Sri Lanka. Its second monarchy capital of Sri Lanka. When you visit this place don't miss to visit "gal wihara, sathmahal prasada (royal palace ), royal audience hall, Royal bath, golden pinnacle stupa, alahana piriwena...More

Thank Thushara L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful historic site set over a large area. You will need a car to get around or bikes can be hired if you have the energy in the heat ! At the entrance there is a museum and it is worth getting...More

Thank Lin09
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

An almost overwhelming site, the scale, the history, the architecture, the nature. Nothing prepared me for the advanced civilisation that existed here while the UK was a tribal insignificance. Society was defined, planned, balanced and clearly successful. So much was achieved without today’s machinery or...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's a lot to see if you take your time. Some of the most interesting trees I've ever seen. Although the ruins aren't as intact as Angkor or others, it's quite an impressive collection.

1  Thank Bobby P
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this place in May and scorching sun. Avoid mid day as it is very hot and you have to walk barefoot. Read a lot about the history of this places as there is nothing left in the actual site. But if you know...More

Thank MathuramN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Polonnaruwa and it was probably the best cultural visit we had in our holidays in Sri Lanka. The visit can take between 3 and 5h and the cost for the whole thing is 25$ per person. Yes, it is not cheap, but you...More

1  Thank Ivan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Polonarouwa The second most olden of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first stated the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who beaten the Chola invaders in 1070 CE to come together the country once more under a local leader.

Thank sumuduniranj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful ruins of the Royal Palace, Buddhist and Hindu temples, monastery and rock carved Buddhas. Rent a bicycle. No sleeveless shirts or shorts. Knees should be covered. Be prepared it is very hot and humid!

Thank gordokj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An impressive ancient city. We only had a couple of hours but we saw almost everything. Make sure you read the metal information boards when you see them. Some incredible ancient feats of construction and architecture on show. We used bicycles to get around but...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting site with lot's of ruins to look around, can get very hot underfoot but some trees around for a five minute respite from the heat. We did get hassled by some men selling wooden items but all in all a good place to visit.

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26 October 2017|
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Response from hasitha s | Reviewed this property |
Yes it’s reachable by a vehicle, if you have a passion towards studying the history it can take sometime if not within 1-2 hours you can finishing sightseeing.
Tiri C
28 April 2017|
Response from Ανδρόμαχος Δ | Reviewed this property |
The entrance fee is paid at the Museum entrance, so their ticket counter serves the whole area. Usually the tickets are dated, and then stamped on the various points of interest, so I am not really sure if they can provide... More
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18 April 2017|
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Response from Louise B | Reviewed this property |
3-4 hrs to do the ancient city and museum (by bike)