The ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is Sri Lanka’s oldest city after Anuradhapura, is also situated in the North Central Province. Polonnaruwa has a special place in Sri Lanka’s history as Parakramabahu, the first king who reigned in the kingdom, was instrumental in ushering the ‘Golden Age of Polonnaruwa’.
He was an intelligent and visionary King who constructed the famed ‘Parakrama Samudra’ – one of many irrigation systems that support the region’s cultivations to this day. In Polonnaruwa, you could behold the spectacular ruins depicting the life and times of its people; gigantic temple structures, megalith statues of Lord Buddha as well as intricately constructed stupas, tombs, and palaces. You can almost travel back in time and stand in the midst of the grandeur of a once thriving metropolis.
Towards the north of the city is the Quadrangle (Dalada Maluwa), Polonnaruwa’s once sacred attraction which is rich with ancient artefacts and historical treasures. The Polonnaruwa Museum, the Lankatilaka, and Gal Vihara, as well as Minneriya, and Kaudulla national parks are the places to visit near Polonnaruwa.
- Time of departure: Best time to depart from Ulagalla is at 8:00 a.m. as the sun will be quite strong in the afternoon. The afternoon tour will begin at 12:00 noon
- Tour duration – 4 hours
- Travel duration – 2 hours
- Distance from the hotel: 84.1 km via Maradankadawala-Habarana-Thirukkondaiadimaduhighway and Maradankadawala-Habarana- Thirukkondaiadimadu highway
- Tour inclusions: Picnic basket, water, juice, free Wi-Fi in the vehicle, guide, and driver
What to bring/wear: Comfortable, cool clothes which are suitable for a temple visit such as long trousers and short-sleeved top, a sunhat, gym shoes or slippers, and your camerainquire now