Medirigiriya Vatadage
Medirigiriya Vatadage
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635nadi22
Sydney, Australia32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
An ancient Buddhist monastery, the Vatadage currently house the ruins of several structures, some of which are built on rocks. The main feature is the circular temple with pillars and 4 statues of Buddha, wonderfully preserved for being so old. There are several other structures including more Buddha statues and a stupa built on rocks. A bit further up the same premises, there is an ancient hospital - this was adjoining a forest area from which a deer family emerged - a very pleasant surprise!

We went on a weekday so there maybe 6 other people in total so we had the whole place to ourselves. The site is charming and serene, with a couple of ponds and the view from the top of the structure very pretty. I believe there is no entrance fee (there wasn't when we went) and there was no parking charge either. But keep in mind, this is a fair bit away from the main sites of Polonnaruwa/Dambulla etc, so it may not be getting a lot of tourists. However, if you have some time, and feel up for a (slightly) off the beaten path trek, this is a charming place to visit. Accessibility wise - there are a few steps to climb, but generally an easy visit.
Written 20 December 2023
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka1,640 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
This is known as the most beautiful and well preserved vatadageya complex in Sri Lanka. You can see plenty of vatadageya structures in Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa ancient kingdoms. But none is as beautiful or preserved as this.
Since it is located but away from Polonnaruwa ancient ruins , not many people visit here. But this is worth to visit. Recommended to visit in early mornings or late evenings as it is very hot in day time. We went close to noon and it was very hard to walk on those stone foot paths as well.
Written 6 April 2021
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Sudesh
Matara, Sri Lanka1,458 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
This is located near by Polonaruwa, starred dating back to over 2000 years and sprayed over 100 acres.
Other main feature of Monastery is a hospital that was quite advanced.

You need at least a half day to visit all. But avoid hot 🔥 sunny time. Free to enter but charge a little for parking. Please don't damage anything and don't litter when you visiting.
Written 7 September 2020
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Danushka Basnayaka
Mawanella, Sri Lanka127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Very Beautiful Ancient Buddhist Structure Builded using Rocks.
This place located in a middle of a Forest but easy to Visit.
Calm and quiet place.
Written 20 August 2020
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Ronald W
Arundel, UK104 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Interesting, but really not much to see. Other tourists were very busy taking selphies, which rather spoil the scene.
Written 5 March 2020
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DipuKV
Pune, India2,904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Religion & architecture come together in an amazing combo to create these wonderful experiences! A must visit...
Written 13 January 2020
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zaawaaz
Singapore, Singapore118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Very hot going in mid day, so maybe go when it is more cloudy or early in the morning :) Recommend that you go along with Wikipedia (better than some of the guides)

In my week-long in Sri Lanka I didnt feel pestered by touts and salespeople, but here I met a couple.
Written 14 December 2019
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HGC_13
Gold Coast, Australia210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
This is a world heritage site and a must visit in Polonnaruwa. Well preserved site. All the ruins are in one location and it is easy to walk around from one ruin to the other. Highly recommend taking a guided tour
Written 9 October 2019
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Lanka Nature Trails - LNT
Colombo, Sri Lanka17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Situated in north western province, in Polonnaruwa district. About 15 km from Hingurakgoda. It's an ancient place of worship.
Written 28 August 2019
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Piyal Kurukulasooriya
Kandy, Sri Lanka100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Medirigiriya vatadage is a very famous ancient building built in pre Christian times later restored by the Department of Archeology.

It’s a building which completely houses a Stupa.

Once it was hidden behind the thick jungles and found by Mr HCP Bell in 1897. Now it’s fully restored to its full architectural beauty by the enthusiastic Archeologists.

It is surrounded by few other buildings including an old hospital.
Written 25 May 2019
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