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“Second ancient capital”
Review of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa
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Private Half Day Tour: Polonnaruwa Gal Vihara and Ruins City
Ranked #2 of 39 things to do in Polonnaruwa
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Hobart, Australia
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“Second ancient capital”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

If Anuradhapura is regarded as the ancient capital then this is regarded as the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. 3 major kings ruled here and while much of it is in ruins today you can still get the feeling of the majesty and glory. Is a UNESCO world Heritage site.

Visited February 2013
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Jefferson Valley, New York
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“Interesting but not a lot of explanation”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The ruins you see are relatively small compared to other ancient city ruins I've seen in other places in Asia. There are several places to visit in the area, some of which are quite small and similar. The real gap was the lack of information as you went though. You get some context from the museum, but nothing in depth anywhere else. It's best that you read up on the history and the site ahead of time if you are looking for more context. Same issue in Anuradapura. The entry prices are very very high for foreigners in my opinion for this and nearly every other site in the Sri Lanka. You should at least get better information and on-site "context" for your money.

Visited February 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very historic place”
Reviewed February 23, 2013

The ancient ruins and the lovely environment. The people were friendly. The hotel we stayed was excellent.

Visited January 2013
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Viersen, Germany
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“Overwhelming Place”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Have a enough time to enjoy these huge area and of course Gal Vihara the buddha statues. You will also see colourful birds.

Visited January 2013
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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“Worth it!”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

Recommend to do this after Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Again, every part has a story to tell. Do your homework beforehand or get a good guide.

Visited February 2013
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