Cycling Tour in Polonnaruwa Kingdom

Take a cycling tour in one of the better kept ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa, which was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa is one of the must most important archaeological sites in Sri Lanka and many tourists visit the city during their holidays. Most monuments in Polonnaruwa are closely related to two religions, Buddhism and Hinduism. Medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa in the 12th c. AD, the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa was one of the great urban centers in South Asia. Today, the well preserved ruins give you the chance to experience the grandeur of this period and marvel at the artistry of the island’s early craftsmen. It is a must visit destination for any history lover.
‣ Marvel at the remains of this ancient city
‣ Hassle free hotel pick up and drop off
‣ Transportation provided in a luxury vehicle

per adult from

$177

NZD

Duration

12 to 14 hours

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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • King coconut refreshments
    • All entrance fees
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Bicyle rent charge
    • Entry/Admission - Medirigiriya Vatadage
    • Entry/Admission - Gal Vihara
    • Entry/Admission - Royal Palace of King Maha Parakramabahu 23
    • Entry/Admission - Lankatilaka Viharaya - 90
    What's excluded :
    • This is a typical itinerary for this product

      Stop At: Medirigiriya Vatadage, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

      Medirigiriya Vatadage is a monastery located in the kingdom of Polonaruwa, dating back to over two millenniums. The centerpiece or point of interest of the whole monastery is the Medirigiriya Vatadage. It was an architectural masterpiece of those early eras which housed the Stupa completely within it. Only 7 such stupa houses remain today in Sri Lanka. The Medirigiriya Vatadaya in Sri Lanka was built on a rocky outcrop. It had a single entrance facing north. The doorway was a huge carved stone frame built at the bottom of a staircase. The frame measured 9.75 feet in height and 4.75 feet in breadth. The doorway was followed by a climb of 27 stone steps to a large resting area. Four steps lead from the resting area to the actual Stupa house. The Stupa house had a low stone wall, about a meter tall, which ran around it. Seated against the wall facing the four cardinal directions were four exquisite stone Buddha statues. There was a huge 33 feet-long sleeping Buddha in the stupa house.

      Duration: 45 minutes

      Stop At: Gal Vihara, 440/225 Palm Grove State Minuwangoda road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka

      One of the most amazing sites in Sri Lanka is the Gal Vihara, which is located within the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This rock temple was the central attraction of the local power structure accommodating four massive Buddha statues carved into the face of a granite boulder. Beautifully carved and intrinsically decorated with figurines that adorn these majestic sculptures, the Gal VIhara is the epitome of Buddhist arton the island of Buddha, that’s today known as Sri Lanka.

      Duration: 45 minutes

      Stop At: Royal Palace of King Maha Parakramabahu 23, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

      Constructed under the reign of King Mahaparakram Bahu between the years 1153 to 1186, the striking Royal Palace stands as the emblem of grandeur in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. The Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu is a place of great historical importance, the reason why it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in the year 1982. Historical books claim that the palace constructed in the 10th century once held seven stories along with 1000 chambers, but the ruins now have only 55 halls and three floors which implies that the top four floors may have been constructed with wood.

      Duration: 45 minutes

      Stop At: Lankatilaka Viharaya - 90, Sacred City, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

      Lankatilaka Vihara is one of the most emblematic structures in the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Two great walls, each with a thickness of 4m & height of 17m form a narrow aisle leading to a very impressive, though now sadly headless Buddha statue still standing, over 14m high. Built by King Parakrabahu the great, the shrine is a definite deviation in terms of Buddhist architecture: instead of the abstract symbolism of the stupa (dagoba) the attention is focused on the giant figure of the Buddha, which fill up the entire space within the shrine.

      Duration: 45 minutes

      Stop At: Samudra Parakrama, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

      Parakrama Samudra is a construction built in Polonnaruwa by King Parakramabahu the first who ruled there from 1153 AD to 1153 AD. Famed as a custodian of Buddhism and for the advancement of irrigation, King Parakramabahu’s greatest triumph was the construction of a reservoir which covers more than 2400 hectares. It was named Parakrama Samudra, which means Sea of Parakrama since it is vast in size. An attempt to solve Sri Lanka’s dry period without rain, King Parakramabahu made irrigation possible by the engineering mastery of this artificial lake that fills up by draining out the rainwater that collected through 11 channels which supplied a network of irrigation canals and minor tanks.

      Duration: 30 minutes

      Stop At: Sandakada Pahana, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka

      Polonnaruwa Sandakada Pahana or Polonnaruwa moonstone is a unique feature of the Sinhala architecture in ancient Sri Lanka which is usually found at the bottom of staircases and entrances. Sandakada Pahana is a finely carved semi-circular stone slab and symbolises the cycle of Saṃsāra in Buddhism according to historians. The Polonnaruwa Sandakada Pahana features the elephant, lion and horse in separate bands as opposed to the Sandakada Pahana of the Anuradhapura period.

      Duration: 30 minutes

    • Departure Point :
      Traveler pickup is offered
      We pick up all places and hotels in Negombo and Colombo Airports
      • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
      Departure Time :
      6:00 AM
      Return Detail :
      -
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
      • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
      • Face masks required for guides in public areas
      • Face masks provided for travelers
      • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
      • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
      • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
      • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
      • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
      • Guides required to regularly wash hands
      • Regular temperature checks for staff
      • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
      • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    Language

    English

    Age Req.

    -

    Fitness Req.

    None

    Group Size

    4

    Organised by Crystal Holidays

    Activity ID: V-240142P187

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