Day Tour to Polannaruwa from Kandy by Lux Tours Lanka

Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka from Polonnaruwa 800 years ago, when it was a thriving commercial and religious centre. The glories of that age can be found in the archaeological treasures that still give a pretty good idea of how the city looked in its heyday. You'll find the archaeological park a delight to explore, with hundreds of ancient structures – tombs and temples, statues and stupas – in a compact core. The Quadrangle alone is worth the trip.

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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - Gal Vihara
    • Entry/Admission - Archaeological Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa Vatadage
    • Entry/Admission - Lankathilaka Image House
    • Entry/Admission - Thivanka Image House
    • Entry/Admission - Rankoth Vehera
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    Stop At: Gal Vihara, 440/225 Palm Grove State Minuwangoda road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka

    This is a group of beautiful Buddha images that probably marks the high point of Sinhalese rock carving. They are part of Parakramabahu I’s northern monastery. The Gal Vihara consists of four separate images, all cut from one long slab of granite. At one time, each was enshrined within a separate enclosure.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Archaeological Museum, Sacred City, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    This excellent museum has rooms dedicated to the citadel, the outer city, the monastery area (check out the model of the monks’ hospital and medical instruments) and Hindu monuments. The latter room contains a wonderful selection of bronzes, including some outstanding Shiva statues. One depicts Shiva, ringed by an aureole (celestial arch), performing a cosmic dance while trampling on a dwarf.

    Photos are not allowed.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Sacred City, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    A short stroll north of the Royal Palace ruins, the area known as the Quadrangle is literally that – a compact group of ruins in a raised-up area bounded by a wall. It’s the most concentrated collection of buildings you’ll find in the Ancient Cities – an archaeologist’s playpen

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Lankathilaka Image House, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    One of the most evocative structures in Polonnaruwa, the Lankatilaka temple was built by Parakramabahu I and later restored by Vijayabahu IV. This massive gedige (stone Buddhist temple with corbelled roof and thick walls) has 17m-high walls, although the roof has collapsed. The cathedral-like aisle leads to a huge standing (headless) Buddha. Offerings of incense, and the structure’s columns and arches, add to the distinctly devotional atmosphere.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Thivanka Image House, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    Polonnaruwa’s northern road ends at Tivanka Image House. Tivanka means ‘thrice bent’, and refers to the fact that the Buddha image within is in a three-curve position normally reserved for female statues. The building is notable for its fine frescoes depicting Buddha in his past lives – the only Polonnaruwa murals to have survived (photos not allowed). Some of these date from a later attempt by Parakramabahu III to restore Polonnaruwa, but others are much older.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Rankoth Vehera, Ancient Bhikku Hospital, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka

    The 54m Rankot Vihara dagoba, the largest in Polonnaruwa and the fourth largest on the island, has been ascribed to the reign of King Nissanka Malla. Like the other major dagobas in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, the dome consists of earth fill covered by a brick mantle and plaster. The construction clearly imitates the Anuradhapura style. Surgical instruments found in a nearby ruined 12th-century hospital are surprisingly similar to those used today; see examples in the Archaeological Museum.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 1/16/2020 - 1/3/2022
    Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 08:30 PM
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Near public transportation
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • 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.



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Activity ID: V-237049P12

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