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History of Polonnaruwa

For three centuries Polonnaruwa was a regal capital of both the Sinhalese and Chola kingdoms. Despite the fact that almost 1000 years of age, it is much more youthful than Anuradhapura and by and large in better shape. The landmarks are set in a sensibly conservative arrangement setting and their improvement is simpler to take after. All things considered, you’ll most likely discover Polonnaruwa as the easier of the two aged capitals to value. It is best to consider travelling by bike to travel around the area, which you can lease from a few places around the local area.

The South Indian Chola administration made its capital at Polonnaruwa in the wake of vanquishing Anuradhapura in the late tenth century, as Polonnaruwa was a deliberately better place to prepare for any resistance from the Ruhunu Sinhalese kingdom in the southeast. It likewise, evidently, had fewer mosquitoes! At the point when the Sinhalese ruler Vijayabahu I drove the Cholas off the island in 1070, he kept Polonnaruwa as his capital.

Under King Parakramabahu I, Polonnaruwa arrived at its pinnacle. The ruler raised enormous structures, arranged wonderful parks and, as a most noteworthy accomplishment, made a 2500-hectare tank, which was large to the point that it was named the Parakrama Samudra (Sea of Parakrama). The present lake joins three more established tanks, so it may not be the real tank he made.

Parakramabahu I was trailed by Nissanka Malla, who basically bankrupted the kingdom through his endeavors to match his ancestors’ accomplishments. By the early thirteenth century, Polonnaruwa was starting to demonstrate as helpless to Indian attack as Anuradhapura, and in the end it excessively was relinquished and the inside of Sinhalese force moved to the western side of the island.

In 1982, UNESCO included the antiquated city of Polonnaruwa to its World Heritage list.

Importance of Polonnaruwa for travelers

Culavamsa and Mahawamsa talk about Pulasthipura; the early authentic name of Polonnaruwa; an UNESCO world legacy site, have an extraordinary history of triumph and battle behind it and legitimate structures in the Cultural Triangle. Spotted around 140 kms north east from Kandy, Polonnaruwa offers hours of perpetual joy for culture and society mates, as there are various sights of importance. Polonnaruwa turned into the capital of Sri Lanka ensuing to the decrease of Anuradhapura and saw the Sinhala Buddhist progress arriving at much more noteworthy statures. The incomprehensible watering system with stores that looks like inland oceans supported such fantastic adjust in rice development, amid the standard of King Parakramabahu the Great and Sri Lanka came to be known as the Granary of the Orient. The primary attractions are the rationed remains of brilliant regal royal residences, huge Buddhist sanctuaries, and unbroken landmarks in gigantic statues cut from sold rock stones.

Polonnaruwa, with its monitored destroys and redesigned antiquated watering system stores are an “absolute necessity visit” end of the line of Sri Lanka. As much as the moderated social landmarks would edify the travelers, the untamed life havens in the region of Polonnaruwa bears adequate open doors for the delight and fun in the short proximity of wild elephants, different well evolved animals of natural life. At the city of Polonnaruwa the biggest old watering system supply called Parakrama Samudra (the Sea of Parakrama) which is constantly beautiful, and with the abundance of birdlife, it is from time to time that there is not something intriguing going ahead upon its gleaming fields of waters.

Polonnaruwa Attractions


The centerpiece of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the Dalada Maluwa (the Palace of the Sacred Tooth Relic), was a sacred grounds containing 12 magnificent buildings. Even though there are many Vatadage’s across Srilanka, the Vatadage which is at Polonnaruwa is the mainly famed one. As with several other Vatadage’s, in the middle, it has a stupa with four Buddha pictures facing the main directions. One of the oldest and most striking monuments in Polonnaruwa, the Vatadage, is to our left as we enter the Dalada Maluwa.

Despite its unassuming extents, the roundabout building with concentric porches is sublimely arranged and executed twelfth century artful culmination. It was positively planned to accommodate the holy Tooth Relic of Buddha, assembled the Great King Parakramabahu and was later re-constructed by King Nissankamalla.


The Royal Palace


In the centre of the complex are the ruins of the Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu the Great. It had been a massive wood and stone structure seven storey in height, with a floor plan of 100ft by 43ft.The higher floors are of wood, but at present, only the very big and 10 feet thick lower walls continue to exist.


Audience Hall

Found at the east part of the Palace, lies the audience hall which was used by the Polonnaruwa kings to call upon the upper class and to get together with the messengers from foreign rulers. Carefully sculptured rock lions situated at the peak of the steps heading into the corridor were images of illustrious force, as were the elephants which structure a fresco around the lower part of the outer wall. Next to the Audience Hall is the Royal Bathing Pool (Kumara Pokuna) which was sustained from the watercourse which goes through the royal residence grounds.


Nissankamalla Palace

Standing near to the coast of the incredible man-made lake, the ruin of the palace of King Nissankamalla is less well preserved than those of the Royal Palace, but is pleasantly located. This palace includes a royal bathing pool just south of the palace, and the King’s Council Chamber, where the names of the king’s ministers can be seen carved into the pillars which supported the chamber roof.

Lankatilaka Viharaya

It changes from the typical Buddhist structural design. It is a standout amongst the most typical construction of the aged Polonnaruwa Kingdom. Two incredible dividers, each with a width of 4metre and stature of 17 meter structure a slender path prompting an extremely noteworthy, in spite of the fact that a headless Buddha statue still stands, over 14 meter in height built by King Parakramabahu the Great, the shrine is a definite deviation from Buddhist architecture: instead of the abstract symbolism of the Dagoba the attention is focused on the giant figure of the Buddha, which fill up the entire space in the shrine.

Siva Devale

Is instantly to the north of the Royal Palace complex, a thirteenth century Hindu hallowed place dating from the time of assaulting south Indian assaults that emulated the last decrease of Sinhala power in the north of the Island. The specialized abilities of its manufacturers are apparent from the fine, definitely cut stonework of its dividers. The block domed top, has not survived. There are many Siva Devales at Polonnaruwa, reflecting the distinction of this effective part of Hinduism’s decision trinity of gods. Hindu trinity or Trimurti comprises of Brahma the inventor, Vishnu the preserver & Shiva, the destroyer.


thuparamaya Polonnaruwa

Clockwise around this building, from the southwest corner of the Quadrangle, is the Thuparama, a fine example of the Gedige style of temple architecture which flourished at Polonnaruwa, and the only one to survive with its roof still in place.

Lata Mandapaya

It is in the west side of Vatadage, a small Dagoba topped with carved lotus buds, surrounded by stone columns and bordered by a engraved stone trellis. Past this is Atadage, the damage of tooth relic holy place assembled amid the ruling of Vijayabahu I. beside it is a group of little Hindu sanctums.


It is straightforwardly north of Vatadage. The Hatadage is another blessed tooth relic which was built in the ruling of Nissankamalla King, and to east side of this situates the or Stone Book or the Gal Potha, 29ft stone carving of a palm leaf book used to record Buddhist texts and royal genealogies. The inscriptions therein record the achievements of King Nissankamalla.

Satmahal Prasada

It lie in the northeast corner of the Quadrangle, a six-story, pagoda-like building which is dissimilar to else other possibilities in Sri Lanka, and has forgotten archeologists played as to its inception.

Gal Vihara

It is the Theravada Buddhist Temple at Polonnaruwa with three Buddha Statues of heroic extents and a littler picture having a touch of Mahayana Buddhist impact is the absolute best example of Buddha statues formed out of robust stone. As per Culavamsa, the past history, it is an archeological miracle of the orient close to Demala Maha Seya was assembled by King Parakramabahu. Gal Vihara statues, are eminently culminated as per the Oriental examples, on an unexpected rock of dim stone around 27 meters long and 10 meters in tallness at the center and slanting towards the finishes are still in immaculate safeguarding with their powerful appeal.

Every one of the four pictures consecrated out of the single huge chunk, bringing to life peaceful outward appearances and effortless stream of the robes, are exceptionally tenable happenings to catch the unlimited sympathy and the vast astuteness of Gautama Buddha. Assaults of time, rain, thunder and high temperature have done no mischief upon the statues as though divine beings, the unrivaled and radiant creatures in some different planets have secured those for a considerable length of time.

The Quadrangle

It remains in its own particular rectangle of dividers, ensuring the wealthiest accumulation of antiquated structures in any of Sri Lanka’s destroyed capitals. In the southeast corner of the Quadrangle stands the Vatadage, a roundabout building around 59ft in breadth, with four passages prompting a focal Dagoba which houses four situated Buddha pictures.

Vishnu Devale

Inside the border of the city dividers, north of the Quadrangle, are three more sanctums, including a Siva Devale to the west of the street, and on the inverse side of the street a Vishnu Devale but an alternate Siva Devale, a stone sanctuary which is the most established surviving building at Polonnaruwa. South of it weaving machines Parakramabahu Vihara, one of the biggest stupas in Polonnaruwa.

Rankoth Vihara

The biggest Dagoba in Polonnaruwa at 180ft high, this building is the center point of the gathering of structures known as the Alahana Pirivena bunch which structured piece of an ascetic school amid the rule of lord Parakramabahu.

Buddha Seema Pasada

A striking point of interest, this is the tallest of the structures north of the city dividers and was the gathering corridor of the Buddhist Bhikkhus (friars) of the religious community complex.

Kiri Vehera

Alongside the Lankatilaka is the Kiri Vihara the best saved of Polonnaruwa’s stupas. Suitably this expansive Dagoba’s whitewashed mortar has survived seven centuries of relinquishment to the wilderness between the breakdown of the Polonnaruwa kingdom and its rediscovery in the nineteenth century by the British. This was built by Subadra, Parakramabahu’s monarch.

Demala Maha Seya

Found on the Polonnaruwa aged city complex, this enormous uncompleted Stupa has been assembled by lord Parakramabahu utilizing the work of Tamil detainees brought from India when he assaulted the Soli Kingdom in South India. For reasons unknown he has been not able to finish this and at a later stage a littler Stupa has been based upon the incomplete semi-circular structure. Some accept that as this was constructed at two levels; this was named “Demahal” Seya which afterward got to be “Demala” Seya.

Had this Stupa been finished, this would be 570 feet tall and would have been the biggest Buddhist landmark constructed by man. Its circuit of this stupa is huge 650 meters (approx). It is affirmed that the ruler Parakramabahu needed this landmark to be seen from India; accordingly he planned the size in like manner. Today this huge stupa is just an expansive slope congested with trees. There is no sign of this slope being a stupa other than a piece of 3 external rings of around 10m long. Passing these rings there is a pathway prompting the highest point of the stupa. The trip is not that simple yet worth the exertion. The leveled top of the stupa is additionally congested with tremendous trees.

Pulasthi Statue

parakramabahu Polonnaruwa

In Polonnaruwa to the north of the Pothgul Vehera is a stone rock, enhanced with an extensive statue. This is one of the finest statues in the Island and of which the tallness is 11 feet 6 inches. The history specialists and the archeologists have not affirmed its personality to date. Some allude to it as the statue of King Parakramabahu in light of the fact that its closeness to one of the significant watering system lives up to expectations; others allude to as statue of Rishi Pulasthi. There are a few puzzling reasons why the Archeological Department has still not pronounced that this statue have a place Rishi Pulasthi much after the name been recorded on the statue. At the point when these elements taken into thought it demonstrates that this statue is of Rishi Pulasthi.

1) The vicinity of a Brahminical holy string that runs from the left shoulder over the body.
2) The Ola leaf book that he conveys affirms that it is of Rishi Pulasthi.
3) The other is on account of Polonnaruwa was alluded as Pulasthipura in primitive times.
4) The clothing regulation is of a Rishi.
5) The exhausted Rock writing which peruses as ‘PULA SA THA at the back of statue. This closures the discussion on the statue and secures that this statue is of Rishi Pulasthi.


Parakrama Samudraya

This unfathomable water store was constructed by Ruler Parakramabahu. What you see today as the Parakrama Samudraya is just a piece of his unique creation. Parakrama Samudraya initially comprised of five vast supplies differentiated by littler dams to diminish the weight on the primary dam. Numerous littler tanks have been assembled around the principle tank to nourish these essential tanks and to take overabundance water.

The fundamental five repositories which comprise of the Parakrama Samudraya are; Bhu Wewa, Kalahagala Wewa, Dumbuthulu Wewa, Eramudu Wewa and Thopa Wewa. Amid rebuilding of the Parakrama Samudraya, the water which should go to the Thopa Wewa has begun streaming to the Bhu Wewa. At that point the designers built a brief dam to square the water streaming to the Bhu Wewa. This impermanent divider turned into a changeless and this disengaged Bhu Wewa and Kalahagala Wewa from the Parakrama Samudraya. The new recreation process has overlooked the majority of the old engineering which this tank was implicit diminishing the limit of the tank further. Today, the dam of Parakrama Samudraya is 14 kilometers long and 12.2 meters in stature. The waterway covers 5350 sections of land with a normal profundity of 25 feet. In excess of 18000 sections of land of paddy area is upheld by this supply.


Polonnaruwa Hotels

The Old Town is far less excited than the New Town (whose hotels are for the most part rather tired). Adjacent Giritale is a decent option.


Mahoora Tented Safari Camp

Arranged along the outskirts of Wasgamuwa National Park, Mahoora Tented Safari Camp gives overall designated tents with a private open air feasting zone. Western suppers and Neighborhood Sri Lankan dishes can be delighted in at the eating range.

Furnished with mosquito nets and an umbrella, each of the tents accompany fold-capable seats, a shoe rack and covered ground surface. Visitors can appreciate the tranquil nature surroundings from the outside porch. Bathrooms are en suite.

Mahoora Tented Safari Camp is a 2-hour drive from Kandy and 194 km from Bandaranaike Air terminal. Colombo City is 219 km away.

This exhaustive safari camp incorporates an accomplished naturalist and safari jeeps. The property can likewise orchestrate grills, night strolls and airplane terminal shuttle administrations.

The safari is comprehensive of all suppers including tea/espresso, snacks and a choice of alcohol mixed drinks.


The Lake Hotel

Spread in excess of 3 acres of land of arranged gardens, Hotel Seruwa faces the beautiful Parakrama Samudra Ocean in Polonnaruwa. Offering free parking, it is only 250 meters from the acclaimed Parakrama Bahu Statue.

Just outfitted, rooms accompany either a fan or aerating and cooling. Each has a private balcony with perspectives of the common scene. Connected bathrooms have shower offices. Hotel Seruwa is 5 km from Parakrama Samudra and 14 km from Hingurakgoda Airplane terminal. Close-by attractions incorporate Tivanka Picture House and Wasgamuwa Natural life Park.

The hotel’s visit lounge can help organize bird viewing, angling and watercraft treks along Parakrama Samudra. A restaurant and room service are additionally accessible.

Hotel Sudu Araliya

Emphasizing an open air pool, sauna and a wellness center, Hotel Sudu Araliya is arranged near to the banks of Parakrama Supply. It works a 24-hour front lounge and gives free parking in site.

The hotel is simply a 10-moment drive to Polonnaruwa town, while the old relics around the city are inside a 15-moment head out. Bandaranaike Airplane terminal is pretty nearly 200 km away.

Fitted with tiled ground surface, ventilated rooms are outfitted with a satellite television, wardrobe, seating area and minibar. The en suite restroom comes outfitted with a bathtub, hairdryer or shower and free toiletries.

The neighborly staff Hotel Sudu Araliya can support visitors with luggage storage, clothing and auto rental service. Visitors may appreciate a spoiling massage at its spa, or the visitor’s area for touring exercises and travel plans.


The Lake House

Arranged in the heart of Polonnaruwa, The Lake House gives a quiet getaway emphasizing carefully outfitted rooms and free web access. Visitors can likewise absorb the on location hot tub after a day out.

Aerated and cooled rooms are agreeable and tastefully outfitted. It emphasizes a private porch, a television and a minibar. En suite bathrooms will furnish you with a bathtub or shower offices.

The benevolent staff can organize barbeque sessions and packed snacks. Luggage storage, Money exchange and free parking facilities are all accessible on location.

For suppers, visitors can feast at the in-house restaurant joined by delightful lake sees. In-room eating choices are conceivable also. The Lake House is set 74 km far from Anuradhapura Air terminal.


Giritale Hotel

With a stay at Giritale Hotel in Giritale you’ll be inside the region of Polonnaruwa Vihara and Gal Viharaya. This hotel is inside the locale of Sigiriya Exhibition hall and Sigiriya Archeological Site.

Make yourself at home in one of the 42 independently embellished guestrooms. Remote Web access (extra charge) is accessible for your diversion. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and bathtubs. Accommodations incorporate telephones and espresso/tea facilities, and housekeeping is given day by day.

Exploit amusement opportunities, for example, an outside pool or take in the perspective from a balcony and a garden. This hotel additionally emphasizes remote Web access (additional charge), wedding administrations, and visit/ticket support.

Exploit the hotel’s room administration. Extinguish your thirst with your most loved beverage at a bar/lounge.

Hotel Sigiriya

Sigiriya is placed inside the Social Triangle of Sri Lanka, an UNESCO World Legacy Site. Offering the best perspective of the Lion’s Rock, it offers an open air pool, restaurant and free stopping.

Cooled guestrooms offer perspectives of the enclosure. Each one room is outfitted with a minibar, tea/espresso making facilities and a flat screen television with cable stations.

Hotel Sigiriya offers massage facilities at their Ayurvedic Spa. The visit lounge can aid visitors with organizing elephant safari visits and bird viewing.

Teak villa Hotel


Set in the midst of rich tropical greenery, Teak villa Hotel offers quiet settlement with Complimentary wireless internet get to in the whole property. It works a 24-hour front work lounge and gives complimentary parking on location.

Located along Dambulla Street, the property is only 400 meters to the closest market and250 meters from Habarana Lake. Anuradhapura Air terminal is available with a 46 km drive, while Trincomalee Shoreline is pretty nearly 80 km away.

Emphasizing a gallery/porch and a private passage, fan-cooled rooms accompany tiled deck, seating range, a work area and a mosquito net. Rooms appreciate quieting perspectives of nature and incorporate a private restroom with towels and shower facility.


Manel Guest House

This is a moderate settlement placed in Polonnaruwa. It emphasizes an open outside porch, free web get to and free parking facility for the individuals who drive.

The guesthouse is only 200 meters from both Polonnaruwa National Gallery and Polonnaruwa Aged City. Kaduruwela Railway Station is 5 km away while Anuradhapura Airplane terminal is 75 km away.

Rooms are basically outfitted and agreeable. They come outfitted with cooling and a seating region. The en suite bathrooms give a shower and shower towels. At Manel Guest House, you will discover a 24-hour meeting counter and a visit lounge.

Conventional Sri Lankan suppers and prevalent Western dishes can be delighted in at the on location restaurant. Grilled dinners can likewise be arranged upon appeal.

Hotel Ancient Village

Offering a restaurant, this hotel is found in Polonnaruwa. Complimentary wireless internet access is accessible. Each one room here will furnish you with a courtyard and a seating region. Private lavatory likewise accompanies a shower. Additional items incorporate a work area, an outside seating territory and bed linen.

At Ancient Village, you will discover a 24-hour front desk, barbeque facility and a garden. Different amenities offered at the property incorporate a visit area, kids play area and luggage storage. An exhibit of exercises can be delighted in on location or in the surroundings, including cycling. The property offers free parking. Anuradhapura Airplane terminal is 75 km away.


Seyara Holiday Resort

Offering a restaurant, free Wi-Fi access and an extensive open air porch, Seyara Resort is placed in Polonnaruwa only 7 km from railway station. Free parking facility is accommodated for the visitors.

The convenience is only 2 km from old remnants of Polonnaruwa. You can likewise look at Parakrama Sumudraya Lake, 2.5 km away. Anuradhapura Airplane terminal is 72 km from the hotel while Minneriya National Park is 24 km away.

Rooms are splendid and agreeable. Each one room is fitted with a private balcony, seating area and a work area. The en suite bathrooms come outfitted with free toiletries and shower towels. You can appreciate an enclosure view from all the rooms.

At Seyara Resort, you will discover a 24-hour visitor lounge with room for luggage storing. Different services offered incorporate a barbeque facility and a visit work area. Visitors can appreciate credible Sri Lankan dinners at the in-house restaurant. For alternatives, room service is accessible.

Thisara Guest House

This Guest House is found in Polonnaruwa and offers aerated and cooled rooms with free Wi-Fi. Emphasizing an open air enclosure with seating, the guesthouse likewise has a restaurant and 24-hour front work area.

All rooms are set with a safe, divan and work area. Private restroom incorporates a latrine and shower. Different offices incorporate visit work area and baggage storage. A cook is accessible to get ready Western and Sri Lankan dinners on solicitation.

Samudra Guest House

Arranged in central Polonnaruwa, Samudra Guest House is 4 km from the Polonnaruwa railway station and transport stand. It houses a restaurant and offers Complimentary wireless internet get to in its open regions.

Cooled with either cooling or a fan, each one room offers mosquito nets, ironing facility and a little eating range. The appended lavatory offers shower offices and toiletries. Room administration is given.

Travel arrangement can be made at the visit work area. Staff at the 24-hour gathering can aid with clothing, cleaning and transport rental administrations. Complimentary carports are accessible, however former reservation is required. The property is 75 km from Anuradhapura Air terminal.


Primate Centre

Offering a restaurant, Primate Centre is spotted in Polonnaruwa. Complimentary wireless internet access is accessible in general zones of the property.

The fan-cooled room’s gives agreeable remain. Restroom accompanies a shower. You can appreciate enclosure view from the room. Additional items incorporate a fan.

At Primate Centre, you will discover a garden. Different amenities offered at the property incorporate conveyances, an imparted parlor and a visitor’s area. A show of activities can be delighted in on location or in the surroundings, including cycling, angling and climbing. The property offers free parking.

The property is placed 5.7 km from the Polonnaruwa Transport Station, 5.8 km from the Polonnaruwa Track Station and 76 km from the Anuradhapura Airplane terminal. The Bandaranaike Air terminal is 198 km away. Packed snacks can be asked. Room administration is accessible.



The Lake Restaurant

The restaurant at the Lake in Polonnaruwa serves Sri Lankan and Western cooking while you can appreciate them in either buffet style or individually. A scope of jazzed up drinks are accessible at the hotel’s enchanting bar zone. There is an open air swimming pool that is found in the broad arrangement of the hotel which finishes bordering the lake. You can appreciate a swim; beverages furthermore laze around throughout the day on the sun cots while appreciating the delightful perspective of the surroundings. Wi-Fi web offices are accessible in the entryway.

This hotel’s lounge area appreciates a fantastic point of view over the purplish blue waters of the tank, and it’s aerated and cooled, so offers a lunchtime relief from the tropical hotness. Menu-wise you can get a dish of noodles with veggies or fine-eat for a great deal more.

New Araliya Sinhala Hotel

This neighborhood eatery serves Sri Lankan suppers for breakfast, lunch and supper, including rice and curry and kotthu (rotti cleaved up and blended with meat and vegetables).

Devi Tourist Home

Guest houses are safe wagers for good consuming in Polonnaruwa. This guesthouse is one of the great places for nourishment.


One recent perception is that of its atmosphere changes: generally, Polonnaruwa had a tropical atmosphere in a large portion of the year, in spite of the fact that it was infrequently crisp in December and January. Be that as it may as of late the downpour and coldness has been expanded observably. Despite the fact that this is astounding to some individuals, it is more agreeable for sightseers. Nonetheless, there is a setback, as paddy farmers can endure when there is a lot of downpour.


Amid the Esala Festival, Polonnaruwa avenues are bursting at the seams with flame dance experts, conceal dance specialists and elephants embellished with extravagant articles of clothing. Esala implies the triumphs of the Hindu God Indra over the evil spirit Vritra, who kept the blast of downpour mists. Toward the starting Esala was a custom to call up the endowments of the Divine beings to cause precipitation amid the dry season. Later, the Sinhala Rulers included the valuable tooth relic. Esala Festival is a chance for you to be a piece of this present island’s convention today.

What to do in Polonnaruwa


Thuparama is a picture house or place of worship arranged in the south-west corner of the Quadrangle. One of the best cases of building style of eleventh century, Thuparama houses a few pictures of Buddha in internal chamber however they aren’t effortlessly obvious in late evening light. The important picture is encased inside a square chamber.


Parakarma Samudra

Parakarma Samudra, an enormous fake lake arranged in the west of the Old Town, is a standout amongst the most striking peculiarities of Polonnaruwa almost 1000 years of age. In antiquated times, the city and the encompassing range were watered by this novel lake and even today it gives water to watering system. Manufactured by the Lord Parakramabahu, the Parakrama Samudra is spread over a region of 5940 sections of land.

Lotus Shower – Nelum Pokuna

Nelum Pokuna or Lotus Shower, found towards the north of Gal Vihara complex, a stone lake inherent the state of a lotus bloom in eight parallel levels implicit late twelfth century. Lotus Shower is seven lakes as blooming lotus. The lake is accepted to be a piece of the Jetavana Cloister complex.

Latha Manddapaya

Latha Mandapaya, lying towards West of the Vatadage, is an exceptional structure circled by stone columns formed like lotus stems. In previous days, this was a structure constructed by Lord Nissanka Malla.

Chapter House

The chapter house is arranged north of the Hatadage, and is nearly identified with the sanctuaries of the Angkor of Cambodia and those of Thailand.

Gal Pota

Gal Pota, found towards the east of the Hatadage, is a stone book of around 25 ton with 29 ft stone cutting of one of the palm leaf books recorded with Buddhist writings and illustrious ancestries. Gal Pota is the biggest piece engraving of Sri Lanka commending the accomplishments of the Lord Nissanka Malla.


Gedige Lankathilaka is a gigantic picture house assembled amid the rule of Parakramabahu, revered with an 18 m high headless statue of Buddha. The general structural engineering of the building demonstrating a solid Tamil impact is extremely amazing.

The Quadrangle

Arranged in the heart of Polonnaruwa, a couple of yards northwest of the Siva Devale, the complex is known as the Quadrangle. The absolute most superb landmarks of Polonnaruwa are bunched in this nook called the Dalada Maluwa or Quadrangle. Doorway is through a portal, furnished with a low bowl for washing the feet before passage into the holy complex.

How to Reach Polonnaruwa?

Polonnaruwa is 216 kilometers from Colombo by means of the gorgeous rock-cut caverns of Dambulla. Habarana is 45 kilometers from Polonnaruwa and is advantageous part of the way put for explorers to remain. Most basic approach to reach Polonnaruwa is to come to Habarana and afterward turning off along A11 Street and to move ahead around 45 km to come to Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa town is not an enormous spot and it is more suitable for vacationers to stay in Kaduruwela which is huge town few kilometers far from Polonnaruwa.

Polonnaruwa’s primary transport station is spotted around 3 km east of the old town on Batticaloa Rd at Kaduruwela. Transports to and from the west, pass through the old-town focus, however to verify a seat from Polonnaruwa, its best for sightseers to begin off at Kaduruwela.

Central Transport buses run routinely to Kandy until 4pm through Habarana and Dambulla. CTB transports for Anuradhapura leave routinely from 5.15am to 4.15pm; air conditioner transports aren’t accessible on this course for voyagers. On the other hand, transport can likewise be grabbed from Habarana, however seats are uncommon. There are normal CTB transports to Colombo until 7.15pm.

Vacationers can likewise contract Taxi or auto from Colombo. Sungawilla intersection to Palliyagodalla Street is a rock one and bit rough. It’ll be not alright for autos to go after substantial rain. It’s alright to go in the night through Habarana and Minneriya regardless of vicinity of elephants. Just when any issue happens, they cover Whole Street. In such case take after a greater vehicle like a transport or lorry in as elephants have a tendency to get out in the wake of seeing huge vehicles in Polonnaruwa.

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