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“Beautiful and peaceful”
Review of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa
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Private Half Day Tour: Polonnaruwa Gal Vihara and...
Ranked #3 of 42 things to do in Polonnaruwa
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Reviewed December 19, 2013

This site is amazing and the Buddha some of the most beautiful i have seen in that trip. The ruins reflect a majestic history and the craftmanship on the island. It is worth going early to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.

Thank Chrystel40
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

We went to the museum first, which was helpful to get a sense of the area before we set out. Then we went across the road and rented bikes to tour the 3mi stretch of ruins. We were able to cover a lot more ground on bikes than on foot, and the bikes were safe to just set down, without locking, while we explored each area.

Thank ErinMonica
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

A visit to Polonnaruwa should be on the itinerary of every visitor to Sri Lanka. Steeped in history, the old town and ruins are a reminder of the greatness of ancient Lanka. The museum at the visitor's centre is a good place to get your bearings and to learn more about this place. It also has flushing toilets before the exit gates, so its a good idea to use them before you embark on a tour. The entry fee (currently ~USD 30) may seem steep but we were impressed with the standards to which the ruins had been maintained. We were lucky in that we had our own vehicle, and a driver who doubled as a brilliant guide. Its also a more comfortable way of touring the area in the heat. All the ruins have signs in English, Sinhala and Tamil which makes it easier to understand their significance especially if you don't have a guide. We found the ruins of Polonnaruwa to be in much better shape than Anuradhapura, and a great day trip.

1  Thank LoveToTravel6000
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Polonnaruwa ruins are remarkably well preserved and some of the finest examples of craftmanship in Sri Lanka, mainly due to it being the youngest of the cultural triangle ancient cities. Cycling or tuk tuk tours around the city are probably the best way to get around, and one day is enough time to explore fully. The town however offers little except fantastic rice and curry at a little sunken, corner cafe near the roundabout. Believe it or not, Polonaruwa is the only place that I was hasseled as a female! However, this is not to be missed off any cultural itinery!

Thank darkydoors
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Reviewed November 8, 2013

Lot of people complain that it's all about statues and Buddha all because they didn't bother to learn the history at the museum where you buy tickets. I was deeply engaged while visiting the ruins for the tour at the museum gave some background of what I would see at the site. I arrived at 8AM at the museum (too early) and spent an hour before going to the site. Before lunch I went out to escape the heat and came back at 3. Just tell the entrance that you'll return they'll write down your passport number on your ticket. A bike was really useful to go around it and recognize the different sites written on my guide. After lunch, very few people were there except for the couple who didn't have bikes and took it on foot! I spotted a deer, some eagles and birds. The paths leading to the Lotus Pond was uphill so it was kind of steep. Had a great day!

if you don't wanna go out, bring packed lunch. Contrary to what people say at the entrance, no decent meals are sold inside.

3  Thank Kashmir_Ingenue
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