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Top 3 reasons to visit Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa is the second only to Anuradhapura as an ancient historical city in Sri Lanka. It offers a rich history dating back to the 11th to 13th centuries;and it was once the island’s capital as well.
Though more noticeable for its glorious Buddhist arts and architecture this cultural destination in Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa has a lot of influence from Hindu religion as well.

Here are the top 3 reasons to visit Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka.

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1. Precious Architecture

1. Precious Architecture

Most of the ruins in Polonnaruwa reflect the historical and cultural value of Sri Lanka. Travelers can get a better idea through witnessing the archaeological museum that shows both Buddhist and Hindu influence in its build. There are over 27 sites to visit and explore these marvels. A few well known sites include;

  • The Quadrangle (DaladaMaluwa – heart of the ancient city)
  • Lankatilaka
  • Gal Vihara
  • Vatadage
  • Tivanka Image House
  • Satmahal Prasada

Travelers can explore the monasteries such as image shrines, stupas, chapter houses, hospitals and ponds as well. Polonnaruwa is also home to the great Parakrama Samudraya, and it is 14 kms in length and 12.2 metres in height which was built by King Parakramabahu.

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2. Ancient Arts

2. Ancient Arts

Polonnaruwa provides unique arts like carving and other specific arts through the landmarks and monuments in the destination. The artistic work can be witnessed in each site;

  • The Nissankamalla Council Chamber
  • Statue of King Parakramabahu
  • Tivanka Pilimage
  • Potgul Wehera
  • Vatadage
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3. National Parks

3. National Parks

Beyond ancient things, the destination offers Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks for the wildlife lover to spot the legendary elephants of Sri Lanka.

Minneriya National Park is mostly famous for the “elephant gathering” while the Kaudulla National Park is an upcoming national park , wild reserve and eco tourism attraction in Sri Lanka. Both parks are centered on extensive tanks, a much needed resource of water for the animals in the habitat.