Polonnaruwa is Sri Lanka’s second capital city that reigned for 53 years. It is a great place to explore during your stay at one of the Polonnaruwa hotels. The city boasts remarkable ruins of temples, monasteries, and palaces that speak of its flourishing past.
Located within a 6-minute driving distance via Bund Road from Hotel Sudu Araliya, Vatadage can be described in English as a circular relic house. In the midst of this shrine, one can observe a small stupa with four Buddha statues placed at its cardinal points.
Built by King Parakramabahu the Great, Pothgul Viharaya is an ancient library and monastery complex. Much of the building is in ruins today, unable to withstand the ravages of time.
The Statue of Parakramabahu I
This is one of the most iconic statues that one would come across during their travels in Polonnaruwa. Located adjacent to Pothgul Viharaya, this statue is carved on a colossal boulder, portraying a majestic figure who seems to be holding a book in his hand.
Nissanka Latha Mandapaya
This is a unique structure that features pillars carved in the shape of a lotus stem. It is believed that King Nissanka Malla listened to religious texts being chanted, seated in this place.