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 .