The second oldest ancient proud kingdom in Sri Lanka. First king of Polonnaruwa is king Vijayabahu I.
Places to be visited in Polonnaruwa
The Royal Palace – Known as Weijantha Prasada, the royal palace ruins are still amazing to view. This is built by king Parakramabahu I., and said it was a palace of 1000 chambers.
Nissanka Latha Mandapaya – Is one of the most attractive ruin sites in Polonnaruwa built by King Nissanka Malla
King Nissanka Malla’s Palace – Believed to be a palace of 2 stories, still can be viewed the remainings of the magnificent structure. Although it is very small compared to king Parakramabahu I’s Royal Palace, the ancient engineers talent is shown by the remaining pillars of the construction.
King Parakramabahu I Statue – 11ft and 2inches tall, this wonderful statue is said to be king Parakramabahu I. But there is a believe it’s a sage.
Siva Devale – built by the chola rulers of polonnaruwa Siva devala is one of the fourteen devala ruins found in Polonnaruwa
- Alahana Pirivena Complex – Buddhist temples – largest and most ancient privena in Buddhist history
- Lankatilaka Gedige (Temple) – Built by king Parakramabahu I. The temple is constructed by flat bricks and rich in designs and cravings.
- Gal Vihara (Temple)
- Topa Wewa Lake and the Parakrama Samudra (the Sea of Parakrama)
- Demala Maha Seya (Temple)