Medirigiriya Vatadage
Medirigiriya Vatadage
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Silver Wings Tours
Wattala, Sri Lanka222 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
Medirigiriya Vatadage and surrounding area are ruins of a monastery in Polonnaruwa. The earliest reference recorded about this monastery is in 2 century AD. Nice architecture and the best place to visit if you love to see historical places.
Written February 11, 2019
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NMW
Sydney, Australia143 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
There aren't many tourists here, you may be here solo.

This is a highly recommended day trip if you are in Polonnaruwa and need more of what you have seen there.

This is a really lovely place with wonderful photographic opportunities. There isn't much in the way of facilities at the actual site except a couple of tent cafe's selling soft drinks and chips. Take resources (Hat, sunblock, water)

It's so delightful that you may want to picnic here.

Directions from Anuradhapura.

*Take the Anuradhapura-Polonawurra Road to Habarana and then to Minneriya Town (A11)
*Take the Hingurakoda Road (B287) to Hingurakoda Town
*When you cross the Railway lines at Hingurakoda Town, turn left onto Medirigiriya Road (B155) at the main intersection (look for the Clock Tower)
*Continue onward (The (B155) becomes (B48) after a while)
*Drive on, you’ll see the sign for “Vatadage” and a big car park on the right.
*This is where you park and enter the Archeological Zone.

If you are traveling from Polonnaruwa/Batticaloa

*It’s the same principal. Turn off at Minneriya and it’s the same directions from there.
Written March 7, 2015
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Cristina2014CI
Bucharest, Romania350 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
The main attraction once housed religious relics and has pillars arranged in 3 concentric rings. It is located in Polonnaruwa ancient kingdom with plenty of exotic wildlife and worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Written January 19, 2019
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worldnomad_01
Los Angeles, CA1,634 contributions
Nov 2018
Medirigiriya Vatadage (the Buddhist structure from Vatadage) predates the kingdom of Polonnaruwa, as the first reference to it was found in chronicles from the time of king Kanittha Tissa (192-194) of the Anuradhapura Era. It is one of the most attractive, the most beautiful and the most photogenic structures of the Polonnaruwa Archeological Site, it is often associated with the glorious past of the country and we consider ourselves lucky for the chance of visiting it ...
Written December 12, 2018
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Piyal Kurukulasooriya
Kandy, Sri Lanka66 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Medirigiriya vatadage is a very famous ancient building built in pre Christian times later restored by the Department of Archeology.

It’s a building which completely houses a Stupa.

Once it was hidden behind the thick jungles and found by Mr HCP Bell in 1897. Now it’s fully restored to its full architectural beauty by the enthusiastic Archeologists.

It is surrounded by few other buildings including an old hospital.
Written May 25, 2019
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Thikeena
Colombo, Sri Lanka52 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
very interesting place in polonnaruwa,ruins with histrical value and buddha statue,behind the place there was a deer family,very much interestng
Written April 27, 2019
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ykk
14 contributions
Dec 2018 • Solo
My Sri Lankan friend told me about this site. It was a truly beautiful place to visit.
The atmosphere was very chilled. Not overcrowded by a lot of tourists and no feeling of rushing on the site. When I went there, I was the only tourist and the rest of people seemed all local people enjoying their own time.
This site is very compact compared with Polonnaruwa. I had visited polonnaruwa previously on another occasion. So, it was ok for me as a tourist. If it had been first time visit to Sri Lanka, I might have felt this place didn’t have many to see compared with polonnaruwa by considering all effort to get there.
I went there from Habarana by taking a bus to Hingurakgoda. Then tuk tuk for return journey. There is a parking fee (very small) if a tuk tuk waits for you. But as other people said, there seems to be a bus to get there from Hingurakgoda too.
Very chilled and beautiful place to visit if you have extra day and time.
Written December 19, 2018
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Shirok Tours
Western Province, Sri Lanka4 contributions
Aug 2018 • Business
This historical site is amazing. Its an unbelievable and very beautiful ancient time build temple. Less tourist, but very worth to see, also not too far from Polonnaruwa ancient site.
Written September 13, 2018
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Andy L
5 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
Nice place to visit, not many tourists around. To get there from Polonnaruwa you can take a tuk tuk or if you got time and if you're on a budget, you can take the bus from Polonnaruwa to Hingurakgoda and another one to Medirigiriya. Takes some time but it's worth it!
Written September 4, 2018
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Titus D
Sri Lanka6,910 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
Medirigiriya is located little out of the way from Polonnaruwa but not very far. However, the stupa at Medirigiriya is very unique (better and a bigger than the Vatadage in Polonnaruwa) and one of the best conserved. Therefore it is recommended to visit here. Medirigiriya is located little out of the way from Polonnaruwa but close by. However, the stupa at Medirigiriya is very unique (better and a bigger than the Vatadage in Polonnaruwa) and one of the best conserved. Therefore it is recommended to visit here.
This monastery has a history since 3rd century BC. it's said that more than one king has contributed to this amazing place namely King Kanitta Thissa, King Agbo ii and king Sena ii from Anuradhapura kingdom as well as Parakramabahu the great from Polonnaruwa Kingdom. It is not clear which king built this, but was recorded as many kings renovated and extended the area. There had been a very modern hospital according to the Sri Lankan history and was destroyed by the Indian invasions by Kaliga Magha time to time. This is the part of Polonnaruwa ruin complex and one of the most remarkable objects were used as main temple and reliquaries.
Since this is a Buddhist pilgrimage place better to wear proper attire and also you'll need to remove your shoes and hats prior enter some areas. Before visiting it is advisable to read about the history or take a guide to visit this place since there is lot of hidden history.
Protruding up into the sky, stone pillars that once held up a roof that protected a stupa built from bricks. The stupa is still there but now very small mound. Again shoes off. Try to visit at a cooler part of the day. This is the part of Polonnaruwa ruin complex and one of the most remarkable object used as main temple and reliquarium.
It takes you back to ancient history. One should wonder what it would be like living in those days. In present days, one just enjoys what the past has to offer.
Since it is a religious place of worship you will have to remove shoes within some small areas. It can be really hot, so sunglasses, a cap, and a water bottle would come handy.
It is a marvellous construction. This is a monastery as well as an hospital according to the archaeological evidences.Protruding up into the sky, stone pillars that once held up a roof that protected a stupa built from bricks. The stupa is still there but now very small mound.
The whole of Polonnaruwa is marvel to relish and relive the past. Every little detail in stone is enjoyable and it is quite impressive. This place is not frequent visit by tourists but it is worth watching definitely. Anyone who visits the country should visit this place.
Written November 11, 2017
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