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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

North Central Province, Sri Lanka.

Polonnaruwa, a remarkable chapter in Sri Lanka’s historical tapestry, emerged as the kingdom’s heart following the Anuradhapura era, spanning 1070 to 1232 AD. This city, a melting pot of Buddhist and Hindu influences, stands as a testament to the cultural fusion of these two vibrant religions. Today, its archaeological splendour, encompassing stunning temples, devalas, dagobas, and ancient edifices, makes Polonnaruwa an essential destination for Australian visitors keen on exploring historical marvels.

This city, once the seat of a visionary line of Sri Lankan monarchs, is a beacon of the island’s illustrious past. The architectural prowess of its buildings remains impeccable, with ancient technology still echoing its former glory and resilience.

For Australians eager to delve into the rich tapestry of Sri Lanka’s heritage, Polonnaruwa offers an unmissable journey into a bygone era. Its top attractions provide a vivid glimpse into a world where architecture and spirituality merged, creating a legacy that endures to this day.

Must-see attractions for your itinerary

Nearby Polonnaruwa attractions


Historic Sites | Ancient Ruins

Polonnaruwa Vatadage

Ancient Ruins | Monuments & Statues

Lankathilaka Image House

Historic Sites

Gal Vihara

Points of Interest & Landmarks | Monuments & Statues

Wasgamuwa National Park

National Parks

Medirigiriya Vatadage

Historic Sites | Ancient Ruins

Sandakada Pahana

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rankoth Vehera

Points of Interest & Landmarks | Religious Sites

Somawathiya Chaitya

Points of Interest & Landmarks | Religious Sites

Archaeological Museum

History Museums

Statue of Parakramabahu I

Monuments & Statues

Lotus Pond

Historic Sites

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