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Amazing history

Great ruins that are still able to entice your imagination with images in your mind. incredible... read more

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Great ruins that are still able to make your imagination paint pictures in your mind. Fantastic... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2018
Paul B
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| Sacred City, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great ruins that are still able to entice your imagination with images in your mind. incredible history behind these magnificent buildings.

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Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Great ruins that are still able to make your imagination paint pictures in your mind. Fantastic history behind the buildings. Get a good speaking guide , they are really cheap but essential.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 9 September 2018

Great place to visit. Lots of ruins and information. You really need some sort of transport to get around, tuk-tuk is fine. Also preferably wear socks as you will need to take off your shoes to enter some areas and the ground can be very...More

Thank Hilary R
Reviewed 7 September 2018

It's one of the most beautiful archeological sites I've seen around the world. So big that you can't do it by foot, bycycles recommended :) (I'd say 10 times bigger than Pompéï in Italy). Really great place.

Thank stepha107
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Please visit the museum to understand the real time structure of this. Most of the wooden part of the structure have been destroyed what is remaining here is mostly stone made There are four Samadhi Buddha statues that displays the Sri Lankan craftmanship

Thank Pamila75
Reviewed 24 August 2018

This ancient ruin is the highlight of this sacred site. Of course, the higher floors and roof are long gone, but it is still possible to imagine what a magnificent building this had once been. The circular style and four compass-point entrances are a very...More

Thank PASP123
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Walking around the ruins here is an amazing experience. We were lucky enough to visit late afternoon making photography opportunities richer die to the light. Loved the history. Loved the architecture. Go.

Thank Kezbil
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

The entire sacred site of Polonnaruwa is absolutely awe inspiring but the Vatadage is probably is crowning glory in my opinion. It's a stunning place built originally to house the Buddha Tooth Relic that now rests in Kandy. It has a main entrance with an...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 23 July 2018

I visited the sacred city in April with a Dutch group and was impressed by the size of the complex, which consists of three parts: Dalada Maluwa, Dalada Malawu and the royal citadel and castle - all very impressive.

Thank Flauschi_11
Reviewed 4 July 2018

This place along with Galvihara and Siva Devalayas are highlights of Polannaruwa. This beautiful piece of art and whole area(Polonnaruwa) requires minimum 4 hours of dedicated time.

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