Located in the North Central province of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa is an ancient city that was once the capital of the Kingdom Rajarata. The city is home to several sacred and historic sites and set out below are a few of the most prominent.
Also known as the sacred Quadrangle of the Tooth Relic, the quadrangle is home to four of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka including the Lankathilaka temple, the Vatadage, The Gal Vihara and the Tivanka image house. Each temple is an architectural masterpiece featuring intricate carvings and beautiful frescoes.
Must- Try activities in the city
In addition to sacred and historic sites, as suggested by Truly Sri Lanka, the city also offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. Take a bike tour of the city, go on a wildlife safari in the surrounding jungles, or visit the local market to shop for souvenirs; here are some of the most enjoyable activities for you to try while holidaying in the ancient city.
Royal Palace Complex
Once a residence for the ancient kings of Sri Lanka, the complex is home to several buildings including the King’s council chamber and the King’s Audience Hall. Visitors can also witness the remains of the ancient palace, including the throne room and the king’s private quarters.
The Parakrama Samudra
Also known as the sea of Parakrama, the Parakrama Samudra is a must-see attraction in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. The lake is over 5 square kilometres in size and was built by King Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. Surrounded by temples and gardens, opt for a boat tour to explore the lake and its many islands.