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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa is the 2nd Kingdom of Sri Lanka After Anuradhapura

and remained Sri Lanka's capital until the late 13th century, but became increasingly susceptible to Chola invasions and it became lost to the jungle once more as the capital drifted south-west.

 

Today, the ancient city's ruins remain in remarkably good condition, and are a fascinating site to visit. The most impressive are the ancient sculptures of Lord Buddha at the Gal Vihara cut into Granite stone dating back to the middle of the 12th century. The entire sculpture consists of four colossal statues of Buddha - a samadhi image in meditation posture, a seated Buddha image inside a cave, a standing Buddha image which is 23 ft in height, and recumbent Buddha image measuring 46 ft, depicting the passing away.

  •  The ancient rock sculptures of Lord Buddha
  •  Ruins of ancient places, monasteries and hospitals
  •  Polonnaruwa Archeological Museum
  •  Elephant safari in nearby minneriya National park
  •  Best time to visit – Feb to October

 

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