Sri Lanka is well known for its rich history and pride. There were several well-established kingdoms in the past that were located in various parts of the island. One such ancient kingdom is Polonnaruwa , which today is in ruins. However, the kingdom was established in the 6th century BC. Most of the locations selected as capitals were carefully chosen for their strategic location to gain protection from the invaders.
If you are planning on visiting Polonnaruwa it is best to go with a local , as most of the things you see will make sense to you once a background to them is given. There are various modes of transport to get there as well. If you want to get rid of the trouble of organizing such things the best bet would be to get an itinerary done through one of the tour operators in Sri Lanka. This will help you explore most of the islands ancient treasures. Aitken Spence Travels has been well noted for their packages that cover most of the historic cities and ruins.
Polonnaruwa is considered to be one of the wells preserved cities in the world to date. The widespread historic remains have made Polonnaruwa a UNESCO world heritage site. The archaeological monuments found within the city can astonish even the modern day engineers. The most glorifying period of this city is considered to be that under the reign of its king Parakramabahu during the 12th century. He was the mastermind behind most of the construction that came up during the time. He constructed many palaces, royal courthouses , parks , gardens as well as a large tank known as the Parakrama Samudhraya. This is considered to be the golden era of the kingdom. Some of the notable architectural pieces belonging to the period include the Vatadages, the Stupas, and the Moonstones. Some of the famous ruins include the Nissanka Latha Mandapaya, Gal Viharaya, Lankathilake, The Lotus Bath and much more.
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