Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, was established during the 11th century AD. During the splendid era where the country was ruled from Polonnaruwa it dazzled as one of the most culturally and technologically advanced cities in the world during that period.
Today the main attraction in Polonnaruwa is its remains which portray the old grandeur of the city. The ruins of the ancient capital are located on the eastern shores of an artificial lake which dominates the city`s landscape. Locally known as the Parakrama Samudraya this vast lake resembles an ocean. The main city stands in ruins within a rectangular complex and other interesting buildings from the Polonnaruwa era can be found outside this city complex.Visitors exploring the ruins may look out for the 3.5 metre high statue carved in rock of a man holding ola leaf manuscripts, the royal citadel which is protected by impressively wide ramparts, the remains of the Palace of the famous King Parakramabahu, ancient irrigation systems and intricately carved pillars and moonstones.Other relics include the Potgul Vehera which had been an auditorium as well as a library for sacred books, the two Siva Devale which are Hindu temples dedicated to God Siva, the vaulted shrine known as Thuparama, the elegant and well ornate relic house of Vatagade, The Nissanka Lata Mandapaya which depicts the splendor of classical arts and architecture, the seven storied edifice of Satmahal Prasada, the Sacred Tooth relics temples of Hatadage and Atadage, the towering Lankatileke which is one of the most impressive Buddhist shrines from the 12the century and the magnificent Gal Vihare which boasts impressive Buddha statues carved in rock.
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The Lake House Polonnaruwa which was once the honeymoon destination of the Queen of England back in 1950s. The charm of this property is evident even ...
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The Lake Polonnaruwa situated in the historic city of Polonnaruwa has an enviable location overlooking the scenic Parakrama Samudra, a man made lake. ...
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