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Polannaruwa

Polonnaruwa, Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
Location : Polonnaruwa
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 No one will be failed to be amazed by the ancient civilization and ruins of Polannaruwa. It dates back from the 10th century BC and the wonders of this fabulous civilization are still preserved for those to see. A UNESCO World heritage site and one of the crucial spots to learn about the great history of Sri Lanka a visit to Polannaruwa is a must when on holiday in Sri Lanka.

There is plenty to see in this ancient citadel. Enjoy the view of the spectacular man- made Lake Parakrama, also known as the sea of Parakrama which was built by Parakramabahu the Great. Within a rectangle of city walls stand palace buildings and clusters of dozens of dagobas, temples and various other religious buildings. Things to look out for are the ruins of the Royal Palace and the ruins of Nissanka Malla’s Palace this include a royal bathing pool and the Kings council chamber where names of the king’s ministers have been inscribed into pillars. The largest dagoba in Polannaruwa is the Rankot Vihara which stands 180ft high. Another important place in Polannaruwa is the Lankatilaka Gedige which was a huge temple built whose walls are carved with friezes of the Polannaruwa golden age. Do not leave Polannaruwa without visiting the Kiri Vihara which is Sri Lanka’s best preserved dagobas and the Gal Vihara which is one of the most important Buddhist shrines. Ponder on the last works of King Parakramabahu’s plan to build the largest dagoba in the Buddhist world. There is also a Hindu temple dating from the 13th century which is also a must see.
Polannaruwa holds Sri Lankan power and history of the ancient civilization. It is the place to visit if you are a history and cultural buff. The land around Polannaruwa is picturesque and green and Polannaruwa is part of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka so once you visit Polannaruwa a visit to Sigiriya and Dambulla is a must. The area around is rural and besides the hotels there is no night life. It is a peaceful and quiet area filled with history and lots of culture.
 
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