Tourism / Sri Lanka / Polonnaruwa


City Polonnaruwa - the perfect place for lovers of sightseeing holiday. Located in the central part of the country, Polonnaruwa is famous for its unique statues of Buddha, palaces, gardens and other grand monuments, preserved in excellent condition until today. City Museum is a world heritage site and is protected by the UNESCO organization since 1982.

How to get to Polonnaruwa

The most convenient way to travel around the country, taking advantage of a developed railway network. The cars are divided into several classes. You can comfortably relax in first class sleeping cars, enjoying spectacular views of Ceylon or book tickets second class, no less comfortable than the first.

City of Polonnaruwa is located on the route Colombo - Batticaloa. Cost of the ticket to Colombo is approximately 420 LKR in the car of the second class and 700 LKR for the first car. The train station is on the outskirts of the city. To reach the hotel, you can use the services of local transport - tuk-tuk (three-wheeled scooter), the price of which usually does not exceed 25 LKR.

Prices are listed on the page April 2016


In addition, Sri Lanka is covered by a network of bus routes, making it easy to reach the most remote corners of the country. From Colombo is a direct bus to the city of Polonnaruwa and costs about 250 LKR. The journey takes around 6 hours.

From Anuradhapura bus covers the distance of 100 kilometers in three hours. Tickets cost 128 LKR.

Buses in the country go to a state company CTB and private, with the cost of tickets and the other is the same. It is worth considering the fact that the buses are old and narrow, the seats are often broken, and the air conditioning does not work practically.

Cuisine and restaurants

National cuisine of Sri Lanka is diverse. Tropical fruits, baked with meat or fish, seasoned with herbs, spices and herbs - all this you can enjoy a variety of taste in the town of Polonnaruwa. The safest is to dine in hotels or guest-houses.

A popular tourist destination is considered to Polonnaruwa Rest House, located in the most beautiful area of ​​the city close to the main attractions of Polonnaruwa on the banks of the lake. View a snack can be in New Araliya Sinhala Hotel, here there is also a European cuisine and traditional. Of particular note kotthu rotti or pancakes, baked with meat and vegetables.

In the city there is also a cozy cafe under the name of Corner Cafe, which is located in the old town in front of the statue of a seated Buddha, near the lake. It also stopped all passing buses, so the place is always very popular among both tourists and locals. Here you can have breakfast of delicious pastries with sweet tea, sweet donuts and cakes rotti with different sauces.

Entertainment, excursions and attractions Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa - a city with a rich past, representing a unique interest to fans of ancient history. Before viewing the main monuments and attractions you must visit the Archaeological Museum. Here you can see a collection of household items, jewelry, statues and coins found in the city. The museum is open from 9:00 to 18:00. The Archaeological Museum has a small bookstore that offers a wide range of literature on the history and culture of Polonnaruwa. In addition, there are offices, where you can buy tickets to other monuments.

In the city a huge number of temples, palaces and public buildings. Thus, the building of the Council of Ministers, which is painted on the columns of the state system of government, perhaps one of the most interesting places in Polonnaruwa.

One of the many magnificent temples of the city can be considered Hatadage, built in the 12th century and decorated with frescoes and inscriptions of the deeds of the king. Outside the city is the Temple Lankatilaka a colossal 13-meter statue of the Buddha, decorated with ornaments of flowers and figurines of gods. Next to it is the famous Temple of Gal Vihara, where four huge and realistic statues of Buddha carved into granite rock.

In addition, Polonnaruwa is close to national parks - and Mennirya Kadulla. This scenic spot with unique flora and fauna which are definitely worth a visit.

The city is famous for the ruins of the royal palace, the garden and the ruins of the pool, the water that enters through underground pipes from the reservoir and passed flavoring jasmine flowers. The garden has been arranged in a unique way and included a number of sectors, each of which had its own name and a pavilion for the pursuit of science and entertainment events.

Where to stay: in one of the alpine resorts of Ceylon, where in colonial times, the British were hiding from the heat, namely in Kandy or Nuwara Eliya. In addition, you can stay in the capital of Colombo, the country or in one of the beach resorts in the south-east coast of Sri Lanka. What to see: one of the oldest cities of the island of Ceylon Anuradhapura, "Lion's Rock 'Sigiriya, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, cave monasteries Dambulla, Dutch fort of the 17th century in Galle, a city-museum of Polonnaruwa, and the mountain resort of Nuwara Eliya, also often referred to as "little England". Finally, it is worth to spend a couple of days in the vibrant and bustling capital of the country - the city of Colombo. You may also be interested in Vietnam, India, Indonesia, China, Japan. The most popular destinations and resorts of the country: Bentota, Galle, Negombo, Kandy, Colombo.