Well Known Places to visit in Polonnaruwa – Experience the Splendor of an Ancient City

1st Apr 2018

Home to great Sinhalese monarchs of the old and the former resting place of the tooth relic of Lord Buddha, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa is a heritage site brimming with gems to be discovered and explored. Well known places to visit would be the ruins of The Citadel and Rankoth Vehera just to name a few!

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The ancient city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka is one of the most historically intriguing places to visit while on the island. Check out the quick guide below to make the most of your trip.

How to Get There

If you're the adventurous type then board a bus or a train leaving the Colombo Fort every hour. Polonnaruwa is located only two hours away from Sigiriya and four hours from Kandy if you're making your way from there. The journey can prove to be quite long in which case hiring a private vehicle is the best thing to do.

How to Get Around

If you do not have your own vehicle, there are plenty of Tuk- Tuks, the preferred mode of cheap and convenient transport in Sri Lanka to take you around. Often the drivers will act as tour guide too for a small fee. For the sporty types, bike rentals are available, for just 250 rupees for a day.

Points of Interest

Polonnaruwa is home to some famous historical sites and happens to be among one the most visited places in the world by avid history fans. 

Well known places worth checking out would be The Sacred Quadrangle, The Citadel, Lanka Tilaka Vihara and Rankoth Vehera just to name a few.

Tips to Remember

Do remember to dress modestly as most of these places are religious sites too. Carry plenty of bottled water along with sunscreen to stay hydrated and to avoid sunburn.

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