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Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient kingdom in Sri Lanka. It' s a must visit if you are interested in learning history and see the things related to ancient kings era of Sri Lanka.This place is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Silver W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Polonnaruwa is amazing! My husband and I spent more then 4 hours walking around the ruins of this ancient city. We started our visit with Polonnaruwa museum and ended it with the area where was located the lying Buddha. We had a driver who helped...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Cristina2014CI
Reviewed 4 days ago

Polonnaruwa is a well maintained and well enough run ancient city/archaeological site in the cultural triangle. Its very easy to get around via tuk tuk (and fairly inexpensive too) or you can go the bike route if you don't mind the heat. There are a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank sarah c
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Worth to see. Just note, that one object from another is far from each other, so at least rent a bicycle (app 3 eur per bike), so you can easily see all ruins. We noticed people were going by cars or busses, not sure how...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Aida_Vilnius
Reviewed 5 days ago

The world heritage ruins at Polonnaruwa appear to be on the list of every tour that passes through Sri Lanka's cultural triangle. We were staying locally so could get a head start on most of the tours before they poured in. Most people seem to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank diveboard_man
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Having visited several similar sites in India, Cambodia etc. We found this site disappointing, but if this is your first ancient city site then you will enjoy it and then maybe visit Hampi, SiamReep, etc.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MikePShropshire
Reviewed 1 week ago

If this is the first Buddhist archaeological site you've ever visited, I'm sure it will be fine. Well maintained grounds, decent infrastructure for bike and tuk-tuk tours, and surprisingly good signage in English for this type of site. ...but if you've done any of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bryce A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I expected more. The area doesn´t seem to be that large and I definitely didn´t find it as „a lost city in the jungle“. Main attractions were full of visitors and souvenir sellers. On the other hand I also have to admit that my disappointment...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank laylalae
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a guided tour around the multiple sites that was informative and interesting. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank andydJ7909PT
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a tuk tuk here to take us from one area to the next, he waited between each place dropping us right by the entrance paths, it was well worth it as the area is quite large and the ruins clustered together. Bikes were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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ilincasofia
20 November 2018|
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Response from tamsypie | Reviewed this property |
LKR350 from the guy who rents bikes where you get off the bus.
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Icedprincess
5 January 2018|
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Response from twiedema | Reviewed this property |
PS: We saw other cars and even mini-buses in the park, but no tuk-tuks!
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svvssc1975
26 October 2017|
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Response from hasithas2017 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it’s reachable by a vehicle, if you have a passion towards studying the history it can take sometime if not within 1-2 hours you can finishing sightseeing.
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