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Day Trip to the Ancient Capital of Polonnaruwa From Colombo

Product ID: 183725
Explore the ruins of the glorious ancient capital of Polonnaruwa. Observe the ancient Buddhist shrines, old Buddha statues, and ruins of the ancient palaces within the ancient kingdom.
About this activity
Duration: 14 hours
Starting time 5:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation

Pickup included

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the Buddhist Temples of Lankatilaka Gedige, Gal Vihara, and Demala Maha Seya
  • Visit the heritage sites of Thuparama and Topa Wewa Lake the Sea of Parakrama
  • Marvel at the remains of this ancient city
Full description
Polonnaruwa is one of the most important archaeological sites in Sri Lanka. Most of the monuments in Polonnaruwa are closely related to either Buddhism or Hinduism. 

The eastern corner of the Cultural Triangle was the Silver Capital of Polonnaruwa, which followed Anuradhapura. Though it lasted only a few decades over two centuries the colossal works of art and architecture, both Buddhist and Hindu, include stupendous image shrines. Marvel at the stone carved Buddha icons of the Galvihara. 
Includes
  • Pick up and drop-off at your accommodation
  • English speaking driver
  • Bottled water
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Local Srilankan guide
  • Food or drink not detailed in the description
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Not allowed
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• You must bring a current valid passport
• This trip is not recommended for those with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
• Please note that a moderate amount of walking is involved
• It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes
• You must remove your footwear and hat and cover your shoulders and knees when you visit a Buddhist or Hindu temple
• Please note that the duration of transfers are approximate and the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
• Please note the trip is subject to favorable weather conditions and if it is canceled due to poor weather you will be able to attend on another date
Customer reviews
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I'm very happy to have booked tours with this company! They are very welcoming, courteous and highly anticipative of their clients' needs. To my surprise, it was actually a very luxurious solo tour with just me and the driver/guide. Nice comfortable vehicle. The food at the restaurant stops was very delicious with great variety and they were all complete with the necessary amenities. In each food/cafe place, we stopped (most at my request), everyone was very friendly and accommodating. The Guide/driver was very informative and very patient with all my requests. The ride towards the Polonnaruwa was relaxing. The different sites at the Ancient Capital of Polonnaruwa that we explored were magnificent and looked better in real life. I enjoyed every minute of this trip! It was seamless from start to finish. I highly recommend booking this tour. A great many thanks for making my stay in Sri Lanka memorable. :)

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November 15, 2019

I had a great day! the driver was timely and very attentive and careful. I recommend

July 19, 2019

Great Tour....beautiful place.

December 9, 2019

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Product ID: 183725