Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa is the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms and the capital of Sri Lanka from 1017 A.D. to 1235 A.D. Travel back in time to the Golden Age of Polonnaruwa under the reign of King Parakramabahu the Great (1153A.C-1186A.C). Polonnaruwa with its preserved ruins and restored ancient irrigation reservoirs is a much anticipated cultural destination of Sri Lanka. Tourists will enjoy stepping back into history with the extensive and well preserved cultural monuments such as the Polonnaruwa Vatagade - believed to house the Temple of the Tooth Relic which is now deposited in Kandy; Lankatilaka Vihara - a gigantic brick structure which preserves a colossal image of Buddha and Gal Vihara - a rock temple featuring four images of the Buddha carved into the face of a large granite rock. Named after King Parakramabahu the Great, the most striking feature of Polonnaruwa is the large Parakrama Samudra (Parakramabahu Sea) on which an irrigation tank was built. This is his largest irrigation project and covers an area of ​​more than 15 kilometers. The dam (or bundle, as it is known in Sri Lanka) is about 14 km long and 12 meters high.