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Private Half Day Tour: Polonnaruwa Gal Vihara and Ruins City
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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved touring these UNESCO World Heritage Site ruins and learning about the history of this fascinating country! Would have been fun to bike around (it's quite large), but it was also VERY hot so we just drove around with our guide. Definitely get a...More

Thank Julia N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The historic site is in an enclosed area with the key attractions located relatively close by. It is conserved pretty well and there are a lot of attractions to see. I would recommend this as the best place in Sri Lanka to see many attractions...More

Thank zapumal
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Too many obnoxious tourists on the site. All we saw were ruins of old buildings, more statues more Buddhist temples and nothing unique that you can't find anywhere else in Sri Lanka. It consists of a lot of temples and religious buildings. The good thing...More

Thank ConradKennard
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There were extensive and interesting ruins in Polonnaruwa scattered over a fair distance. From our experience, it is best to visit all of these with a driver, as we did, who will drop you off, tell you what to see and pick you up when...More

Thank NomadicTraveller7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This ancient city is a great thing to visit in Sri Lanka. Firstly visit the museum and get tickets - the museum has a lot of information but no photography is allowed sadly. Then go and hire some bikes. The main entrance is just down...More

1  Thank Jason F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Polonnaruwa area shows the evidence that Sri Lankan are grate architectures. polonnaruwa are contain lot of man build tanks, temples, Castles, monuments, Ponds etc. Better to travel in a vehicle and observe the area. avoid rainy seasons, dry seasons may be too hot

Thank masithasenevirathne
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like many others, we were recommended to rent a bicycle which we did. But then had to bike about 100 m down the road to go buy tickets for the entrance to the ruins (which was right across from the rental place!). Doesn't seem far,...More

Thank Lili_kiki_adventures
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! It was so fascinating to be taken back to the 12th century, and see the ruins built by the 3 original Buddhist kings. It is critical to go in to the museum first, so that you can understand the ruins better - they have...More

Thank hbnem
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I rented a bike in the town and rode for a few hours through the ruins. The ruins are well preserved and interesting. Read up on the site before you go as the information available at the site is quite limited. There are a number...More

Thank TPatNJ
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want to know history of Sri Lanka this is a place you want to visit. Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in 993. It comprises, besides the Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the monumental ruins...More

Thank binmahmood
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Tiri C
Hi there, Many people recommend visiting the museum first before the ruins. As we are staying the two nights in Polonnaruwa I was thinking about visiting the museum in the evening and then going to the ruins early the following morning. Is this possible without paying the $25 entry twice? Thanks, Tiri
28 April 2017|
Response from Ανδρόμαχος Δ | Reviewed this property |
The entrance fee is paid at the Museum entrance, so their ticket counter serves the whole area. Usually the tickets are dated, and then stamped on the various points of interest, so I am not really sure if they can provide... More
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Stephanie F
What is the average time spent at Polonnaruwa?
18 April 2017|
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Response from Louise B | Reviewed this property |
3-4 hrs to do the ancient city and museum (by bike)
Jen M
Hi, Im going to SL in a few weeks and plan to visit Polonnaruwa. Can you remember which company or where you rented your bikes and did you book your guide in advance or when you got there? Can you recommend a company? Thank you Jen x
27 June 2016|
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Response from Jeff H | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Jen all ours were in our deal through Cosmos Tours Cheers