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Polonnurawa is positioned at a distance of 215 km from Colombo capital of Sri Lanka in medieval tunes. Used by the Sri Lankan kings as a ‘country residence’ from the 7th century, Polonnurawa became Sri Lanka’s capital in the 11th century AD. You must visit this place if you are on a Sri Lanka Tours .
During its time the city as fortified with three concentric walls, beautified with parks and gardens and sanctified by many a shrine and sacred place. The city and the surrounding area were watered by a unique irrigational complex known as the Sea of Parakrama (Parakrama Samudra).
Places to See in Sri Lanka Holidays :
Parakarma Samudra: Parakarma Samudra is a man made irrigation tank spread over an area of 5940 acres, built by the King Parakramabahu. It is one of the most striking features of Polonnurawa.
Royal Citadel: The Citadel housed the palace and the administrative buildings of King Prakramabahu who ruled inl2th century AD and is enclosed by a huge rampart more than a meter thick. It is an impressive building with fine stone carvings. The Royal Bath is outside the rampart with a flight of steps leading to it. The beautiful bath is made of stone with a small pavilion probably used as a changing room.
Gal Vihara: It is a rock cut Buddhist shrine dating back to 12th century AD. It contains magnificent images of Buddha carved out of stone.
Vata-Da-Ge: A circular relic chamber built enclosing a dagoba that had been a popular architectural style in ancient Sri Lanka.
Hatadage: A relic chamber built by King Parakramabahu Ito house the sacred Tooth Relic.
Lotus Pond: A stone pond built in the shape of a lotus flower in eight
parallel tiers probably to provide seating to the monks while bathing. These places are amazing to visit in tours to Sri Lanka .
By 10.30AM the train arrived to Galle railway station. I was bit tired so I decided to pay a visit to the men’s room to relax. After resting for about 30 minutes, it was time for me to get the breakfast. I went down the road to find a place to eat. I found a little boutique down the road and I ordered something really weird. This food was like strings attached in a coil, noodles like. By name it was string hoppers. It sure made me laugh while eating with a very spicy chilly and onion salad with dhal curry. Then I had a wonderful Sri Lankan tea. I knew this was going to be the best Sri Lanka Tour ever.
After filling the stomach, I decided to go out for a little walk in the town. Galle town was bit different from the towns I encountered on the way. Colombo was like more developed and organized than Galle. Galle was not very polluted like Colombo. I decided to visit Galle fort in the afternoon. I got friendly with a local who was selling delicious pineapple and he showed me the way to the beach. I took a tuk tuk to get there. One thing I noticed about Sri Lanka is that the people are very friendly. Their hospitality is amazing. The beach was too hot. I hung there long enough to make me hungry. So I decided to check in to the hotel I booked before coming here. So there I went ending another day in my Sri Lanka Holidays .
In the first days of my Sri Lanka Holidays , I wanted to visit Galle, so I had booked the intercity train to Galle. Galle is located in down south Sri Lanka. It was going to be an amazing journey. I was so excited. I had to go to the fort railway station to pre-book my ticket to Galle. I took a three wheeler or the famous tuk tuk to Fort railway station. It was crowded by the time I got there. But without hesitation I inquired a person on the street about the ticket booking counter. Sadly he was not good at speaking English so I had to move on to someone else. There was a middle aged woman in the platform. I went to her and asked about the counter. First she greeted me with a smile and pointed me to the correct direction to the country. After finding the counter I had to stay in a queue to order my ticket. After about twenty minutes I was able to purchase the ticket for the train.
The very next day I went early to the railway station to start my journey to Galle. When it was almost 7.25 AM the train arrived to the platform I got in and at 7.30AM the train started leaving for Galle. It was an amazing experience to see the view in coastal area. The train was heading to the very fast and I was glad to see sea side of southern Sri Lanka. This made my first train trip in Sri Lanka Holidays an amazing one.
My best traveling experience was to Sri Lanka. It was an amazing trip I never forget. I was young and very energetic when I started traveling to Sri Lanka. I met lots of friends, people and I experienced many wonderful things.
It all started when I wanted to go somewhere for my second semester vacation. I was so excited and all of my friends were going to European countries while I was working for the summer. I was not very fond of going to European countries. I wanted to do something totally different. So I decided to do a little research by myself. I started reading books about the holidays and vacations. Somehow I wanted to spend an exotic vacation in Asian region. I went through lots of countries that are chosen by common wealthy people. My first three suggestions were India, Japan and Pakistan. But I searched for more. I looked out for something unique and exotic. After going though hours and hours pages and pages I found a little country or an Island called Sri Lanka. I was so excited to read about it. I bought few books from the books store about it. I was so trilled because I found my dream location to travel.
As soon as I set my mind to travel to Sri Lanka I called my aunt in Birmingham to get an opinion about my idea. She agreed without a hesitation. She was my mentor when I was in high school and her opinion mattered to me a lot. I was so happy with her answer and she advised me in few things. I started getting stuff for the journey ahead while collecting more information about the Island of Ceylon. I research through websites and read about Sri Lanka. I watched few videos about Sri Lanka. I was terrified to know that there is a civil war going in Sri Lanka. But I got to know that living and the society is friendly in Sri Lanka. I was so relieved to know these details and I started gathering summer clothes, medical stuff and other necessary items for my expedition as I call it. And I found a wonderful tour agent who made my Sri Lanka Holidays truly amazing
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