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If you have the time, its well worth a look in at the Rankoth Vihara. It's a typical stupa of the Anuradhapura area and is imposing in stature. A walk around the perimeter doesn't take too long but its a fascinating none-the-less.
It is easy to see back in the day (around 1100) that worshippers of Buddha, would have been in awe of structures like these, as they are pretty impressive nowadays. We enjoyed just cruising around taking it all in, hardly anyone around during our visit.
This is the largest stupa we saw within the ancient ruins site at Polonnaruwa. Once again you are required to remove your shoes to walk around the stupa that seems to have many monkeys 'guarding' the large red brick stupa. Be aware that the monkeys...More
By the time I got to this stupa I'd already seen several during my Sri Lanka trip. This is another big one, made with brick. As long as you've paid for the ticket to the ruins of Polonnarua, you should walk over to this stupa.
Rankoth Vehera is the largest stupa in the Polonnaruwa Archeological Park and the fourth largest on the island. It is made of bricks, it is located on a very large, square platform/terrace which has four entrances oriented to the four cardinal points, with sand paths...More
Most sacred place in the ancient city. It got Lord Buddha's and arahanthaka relics. Now this Pagoda is reconstructed and offers most of basic facilities for the pilgrims. Need a modest dress code to enter into this place.
May not be interesting to non Buddhist...More