While some travelers come to Sri Lanka exclusively for its scenic beaches, keep in mind that this small island nation has a history that dates back over 2500 years. One of the best ways to explore this rich history is by visiting ancient kingdoms such as Polonnaruwa.
Parakrama Samudraya Reservoir
This is easily considered one of the best places to visit in Polonnaruwa because it is the largest man-made tank in the country that has the capacity to hold 134 million cubic meters of water. Apart from its brilliant construction, the view of this reservoir is Instagram-worthy at sunset.
This Chaitya is of great significance to Buddhists as it is believed to contain the right canine tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Constructed during the 2nd century BC, this Chaitya, located among the great wilderness, can be mesmerizing.
Just a 10-minute drive from Hotel Sudu Araliya, Gal Viharaya contains four sculptures of Lord Buddha that have been carved out on a massive granite boulder. What is fascinating about this creation, apart from the techniques employed, is that these sculptures are still in perfect condition.
The Sathmahal Prasada
If you want to experience the grandeur that was this ancient kingdom, then take the time to visit the remains of this seven-storeyed palace.