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The Polonnaruwa dynasty was the wealthiest time in Sri Lanka’s history. Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka is situated in the Cultural Triangle at the North Central province and has a separate area with the royal ancient city of Polonnaruwa Kingdom. The historic capital of Polonnaruwa, the archaeological treasures that still provide an accurate picture of how the Polonnaruwa ancient city appeared in its glory represent the beauty of that era. Polonnaruwa was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015 as its value to the world.

Let’s look at some of the places to visit in Polonnaruwa that exhibit ancient Sri Lankan culture and tradition. Polonnaruwa kingdom has lots of ruins that tell a long history: Polonnaruwa Gal Viharaya, Polonnaruwa Museum, Royal Palace, Polonnaruwa Nelum Pokuna, Polonnaruwa Vatadage and so many places to see. Each of these structures will amaze you with its technology, and architectural design. These buildings have stone carvings to express the grandest architecture of the Polonnaruwa ancient city.

Not only these, but Parakrama Samudraya (Polonnaruwa Lake) and a number of other artificial lakes around Polonnaruwa are also great pieces of work done by king Parakramabahu. Their engineered structures are still functioning well and provide water to irrigate the thousands of paddy fields for their agriculture.

Make sure to witness and be amazed by these beautiful structures when you are planning to visit Polonnaruwa with us. Even though Polonnaruwa weather belongs to the dry zone, you might feel less heat with this nature and mind-blowing water structures.

Heritage & Culture

The island of Sri Lanka has one of the most diversified cultural populations in the world. Sri Lankan culture comprises several practices and rituals that stretch back more than 2000 years and have been passed down through generations.