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“A huge town in ruins”
Review of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa
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Private Half Day Tour: Polonnaruwa Gal Vihara and Ruins City
Ranked #2 of 37 things to do in Polonnaruwa
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

I spent about 6 hours there , I had to rend a bike because cars are not allowed on the site and it is about a 10 kilometers walk if you want to see everything. The heat made it very hard to stay and if you do nit have a guide they are just stones leftovers!
I think it is an easy one to skip and people should focus more on Dambulla cave and Sigirya rock

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

Yes, entrance fee is high, and they have special price for foreigners. But consider this is their best source of income for further protection, research and preservation of the site, and cough it up.

We did not took a guide, but we did a lot of research prior to visit. Explanations on the site are not very detailed,so if you don't know anything about it, a guide is recommended.
In any case, it is well worth visiting museum before visiting the site to familiarize yourself with it.

Best way to get around are bicycles, which can be rented cheaply around the town and in any guesthouse. Take your time and enjoy, this is a well worth half-day to full-day trip.

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Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

The entrance to the polonnaruwa site cost $25 dollars which I found pricey considering there was little info around the site. There is a museum with info, but we did struggle to remember all details once we had been walking around a number of different ruins! I would recommend doing some Internet research before you go- as having a bit of info really helps bring the site to life!

I really wish they operated group tours with educated guides though as this would a) make it more interesting for all visitors b) make it way better value for money and c) mean less vans/ cars on the roads. As with all Sri lankan tourist attractions it is quite an expensive day out especially on a back packing budget! Plus I resent having to pay to use the loo when you have paid an entrance fee- especially as they were grubby and lacking loo roll!

2  Thank Asioul
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

This site has a lot of impressive temples, ruins, statues, stones/tiles. It's all reasonably well preserved and easy to walk around. Nice nature/trees and the usual monkeys are around as well. Also, a big lying buddha statue. The admission price (March 2013) was LKR 3.125 (young children are free) - that's 19 Euro or 25 US dollars at the current rate. Well worth it.

Thank Eric1313
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

This place is awesome, seeing all work done on excavation and imagine this was all hidden in the jungle...Big part of history and culture. I would recommend to take a guide as it's making the whole experience more interesting. Money well spend

Thank montom
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