Lotus Pond
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Kai Wah
Malaysia3,578 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Lotus Pond is also called Nelum (means lotus) Pokuna (means pond). It is one of the notable contribution by the King Parakramabahu I and there are several similar pond at the heritage site. The shape of the pond mimicked the blooming lotus petal with 5 layers tiered down to the bottom of the pond, built by granite stone. We were told by a local friend that the pond was meant for the monks bathing back then. Another interesting site to drop by for 5-10 mins.
Written March 12, 2020
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic8,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
This place is nice, but very short stop from all ancient town stops at Polonnaruwa. The place is not a complex, but rather a single ruin a bit further away from other ruins. This fact alone doesn't take any magic of the place away, maybe just count with the fact.
Written April 2, 2023
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Cristina2014CI
Bucharest, Romania348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
This lotus shape pond is so beautiful!... It is small, but lovely!... It is made out of granite and has five levels from bottom to top, exactly how lotus petals are naturally arranged.
Written January 19, 2019
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henry_trip501
160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
Since everything in Sri Lanka is a big Rip off to tourits... i broke in polonnaruwa

the way in without paying is into the bushes near lotus pound, there are no roads on the gps, but there are roads there... u just need to get closer to the left side of lotus pound, walk into the bushes and you are inside for free !

must be done with a bike

or u can just hire a tuktuk for 10usd, they also know a way in without paying... but before, make sure the tuktuk is gonna take u to all the main places inside the complex... some take u to some randon places that are not important ruins
Written September 8, 2015
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Thikeena
Colombo, Sri Lanka52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
Lotus pond (Nelum Pokuna) got its name due to the design of the pond, which is similar to a shape of a bloomed Lotus flower. This pond made out of granite and has five levels from bottom to top and that depicts how lotus patels are naturally arranged. There are eight petals in lotus. It’s believed that this another creation of king Parakramabahu the Great.
Colombo Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapakse Theatre design was done based on this pond.

very interesting place to visit in Polonnaruwa
Written May 5, 2019
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Travel W
30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
Excellent place with History. See it only if you have extra time. It is historical attraction in Sri Lanka.
Written June 9, 2017
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Angleseateam
Colombo, Sri Lanka231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
There are many bathing ponds in archeology sites of SL. This one is a little different. It is small. But the difference is the well made and preserved steps to resemble the lotus. Worth the look.
Written April 13, 2017
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brionloidi
County Cork, Ireland19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
The pond itself is nothing much and there is a bit of a cycle to get to it. As mentioned by other reviewers you can gain access to the pond ruin from the road. We ( two females) were down here on our own looking at the pond and were followed by a guy on a motor bike who tried to pull my girlfriend into the bushes - he only relented when she hit him and I ran at him. This was quite frightening and I would warn other female or lone tourists that the lotus pond is not much to look at and access is easily gained from the road, and there are few tourists down here thus making it a spot for predators. Otherwise Pollonaruwa was safe and amazing. Felt I should share this to make people aware of the potential treat and danger by this site
Written August 25, 2016
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HudsonS16
Nice, France415 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
I saw the before and after photos in the museum before seeing the real thing and I was amazed how the restoration had enhanced the lotus pond. You don't need to spend a lot of time here but don't miss it
Written May 10, 2016
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joyful1912
Cheshire, UK67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
We walked around the archaeological site, we walked a long way 1.5 miles ok if you are cycling. There is a temple with paintings at the end of the track and the lotus pond is worth looking at if your visiting the temple. If you are tired I wouldn't bother, not amazing for the effort.
Written March 19, 2016
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