Polonnaruwa Kingdom - Day Trip

Polonnaruwa is Sri Lanka’s medieval capital (11th – 12th Century AD) which is a well-preserved city of ancient dagobas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and stunningly beautiful statues. The majestic King’s Council Chamber, the Lotus Bath, the Lanka Thilaka Viharaya, the Gal Viharaya (rock temple) and the statue of one of Polonnaruwa’s great kings, Parakramabahu, are a few of this capital’s memorable sights. The Sea of Parakrama – a vast 12th century man-made reservoir dominates the city. Although it is nearly 1000 years old, it is much younger than Anuradhapura, and in much better repair. Moreover, the monuments here are located in a more compact area, and their development is easier to follow.
• Hassle free transportation
• Accompanied by an expert guide
• Discover the ruined city of Polonnaruwa

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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • Bottled water
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    What's excluded :
    • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa Vatadage
    • Entry/Admission - Weijantha Prasada
    • Entry/Admission - Thuparama
    • Entry/Admission - Sathmahal Prasada
    • Entry/Admission - Gal-Potha Stone Book
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    Stop At: Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Sacred City, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    This round relic house is one of the oldest monuments in Polonnaruwa and also contains superb carvings. However, there were later additions like the florid makara balustrade. There are two circular terraces, one above the other with upper one having four entrances. The guardstones at the base of the steps leading to these show exceptional stonework. The four sets of steps lead to four statues of the seated Buddha in the dagoba. Unfortunately, the roof and most of the central dagoba is missing, but you can see what it must have looked like from a detailed scale model in the new museum.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Weijantha Prasada, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    This was Parakramabahu’s great palace, a massive structure measuring 31m by 13m, with 3m thick walls. Nothing remains of its seven stories now but the massive walls show the spaces which received the floor beams for at least two more floors. It is possible that the remaining floors were made of wood and perished long ago. Once, the roof or ceiling of the main hall of 50 interconnected rooms, was supported by 30 columns.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Thuparama, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    The Thuparamaya is one of the best preserved image houses and one of the best examples of a gedige,a uniquely Singhalese architectural style which reached its height at Polonnaruwa. Though the smallest, it is the only gedige in Polonnaruwa still covered by its roof. The brick walls were extremely thick and barrel vaulted and adorned with stucco figures right round. Even the roof was domed and trussed and the strong Hindu influence can be seen clearly. Inside there are still several Buddha statues in place.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Sathmahal Prasada, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    Archaeologists are puzzled by this building, influenced by obviously oriental architecture, probably Cambodian. Six storeys rise one above the other like a stepped pyramid. A niche in each face of the floors once held figures of which now only remnants remain. The topmost storey is missing.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Gal-Potha Stone Book, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    Just east of the Hatadage is a gigantic ‘book’ hewn out of rock. The 9m long slab has inscriptions recording the virtues and deeds of King Nissanka Malla, including the information that part of the Mihintale mountain is now missing as this 25 tonne hillside was dragged 100 km from there, expressly for the purpose. Usually this kind of writing was done on traditional ola leaf manuscripts, but the conceited king wanted to ensure that his virtues would not be forgotten.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Samudra Parakrama, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    Parakramabahu was famous as a guardian of Buddhism and for developing irrigation, but his greatest feat was the construction of a reservoir covering more than 2400 hectares. It is so vast that it was named Parakrama Samudra, which means Sea of Parakrama. The rainwater that collected was drained away by 11 channels which supplied a network of irrigation canals and minor tanks. This great king had also restored 53 tanks in order to increase the supply of rice for his people.

    Duration: 45 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all places in Negombo and Colombo Airports
    • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
    Departure Time :
    7:00 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.



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Activity ID: V-240142P236

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