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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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All reviews ancient city sri lanka tuk tuk huge site wide area angkor wat rent a bike entrance fee gal vihara on foot world heritage site remove shoes ticket office your feet beautiful ruins take your time cultural triangle
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a large site with the ruins spread across a wide area and so we weren’t sure how best to visit it, given the heat. As luck would have it our driver asked someone who turned out to be an official guide (not a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MPL1
Reviewed 6 days ago

Towards the beginning of the 12th century AD, Polonnaruwa became the second capital of the Sinhalese. Little is left nowadays from the old capital and visiting the Archeological Park would give you an idea of the beauty and the size of the place. One can...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was alright but not as astonishing as expected. Good for a one-day trip, either on foot or by bike.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank adamskax
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My recommendation is to u to visit the ruins at night. The place is well lit and it’s not too crowded too. It’s better u choose a full moon day so u can take stunning photographs. One of the best places I’ve visited. 😍😍

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank thisurad2018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Polonnaruwa is an interesting place, it was the capital of the island in the middle ages during several centurys. The most impresive are the four sculptures of buda. The visit, in a big area, is very well indicated and apropiated for moving by yourself. Rent...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pablosW3173UQ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a large site and well worth a visit although it’s $25 each and they DON’T take cards - cash only. Lots of walking or take a bike. Demure dress code - clothing below knees and covered shoulders. No selfies allowed!!!! Honestly. Quite “ruined” but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jrapeter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The ancient city is def worth a trip. Very very warm. Wear loose fitting clothes that cover your shoulders. Beware of the monkeys thet are easily irritated & gave my husband a stern warning by hissing at him. I would advise renting bikes it makes...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank B9642HIjenny
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Second Capital of Sri Lanka was known to be located in Polonnaruwa. The remnants of the erstwhile Capital are currently existing in ruined state. Most of the ruins are located in relatively close proximity, however, a visiting all of them on foot may not be...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ShvRm_Traveller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a beautiful and very impressive cultural site which you should visit either with enough pre-praparation or a guide as there is tons of important and valuable information ... go to the museum first and then visit the sites ... ENJOY!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Matthias F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Polonnaruwa was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD and is a world heritage site. There was so much to see. So much we wanted to find out. It's gets extremely hot here and there is nowhere...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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.
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!
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.