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Tour to the Ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa

Go on an amazing day trip to Polonnaruwa, the most ancient and historical city of Sri Lanka and a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wonder at the ancient structures of the kings in the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Visitors to the ruins of the city will also get the chance to witness the many monkeys now roaming around the ruins, which they have adopted as their ‘kingdom’ as well! We provide hassle free transportation, all entrance fees and lunch on this tour itinerary. Access them with ease on a luxury air conditioned vehicle.
‣ Full day private guided tour
‣ Visit the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa
‣ Hassle free hotel pick up and drop off

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10 to 13 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • All entrance fees
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Entry/Admission - Vatadage - 39
    • Entry/Admission - Atadage - 41(අටදාගෙය)
    What's excluded :
    • Restroom on board
    • WiFi on board
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Vatadage - 39, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

    The Polonnaruwa Vatadage is an ancient structure dating back to the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa of Sri Lanka. It is believed to have been built during the reign of Parakramabahu I to hold the Relic of the tooth of the Buddha or during the reign of Nissanka Malla of Polonnaruwa to hold the alms bowl used by the Buddha. Both these venerated relics would have given the structure a great significance and importance at the time. Located within the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, it is the best preserved example of a vatadage in the country, and has been described as the "ultimate development" of this type of architecture. Abandoned for several centuries, excavation work at the Polonnaruwa Vatadage began in 1903.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Atadage - 41(අටදාගෙය), Sacred City, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

    Hatadage and Atadage are Sacred Tooth relic temples in Polonnaruwa built by king Wijayabahu and king Nissankamalla. The 11th century Atadage and the 12th century Hatadage both housed the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. Both are handsome structures embellished with fine carvings. Having liberated Sri Lanka from the Dravidian invaders, King Vijayabahu setup his capital at Polonnaruwa and built the Atadage so that the sacred tooth relic of Buddha and the Bowl relic could be deposited. The ground floor was the image house. The Atadage, an enlarged version of Hatadage, was built by King Nissankamalla to house the Sacred Tooth Relic and Bowl Relic. The impressive building with the ground floor serving as an image house is accessed by a masterfully carved doorway. Inscriptions by King Nissankamalla inscribed on the walls are now discoloured.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Gal Vihara, 440/225 Palm Grove State Minuwangoda road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka

    The Gal Vihara, also known as Gal Viharaya and originally as the Uttararama, is a rock temple of the Buddha situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in North Central Province, Sri Lanka. It was fashioned in the 12th century by king Parakramabahu I. These are considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting and carving arts, and have made the Gal Vihara the most visited monument at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. This statue's face carries a sorrowful expression and the reclining image, which depicts the Buddha's parinirvana, lies next to it, which has led some to believe that it is the monk Ānanda, who is lamenting the Buddha's demise at his deathbed.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Pabalu Vehera, Gal Vihara Road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka

    Pabalu vehera is an unusual shaped stupa has been built by one of the king Parakramabahu’s wives, queen Rupawathi. The original name of this stupa is not known.The current name "Pabalu" (meaning beads) was derived from the fact that a large number of small glass beads being found during the excavation of trhe area around the stupa. Top part of the stupa has been destroyed by invaders and centre of the stupa also has been destroyed probably by treasure hunters in the recent times. Generally stupa’s have only 4 image houses around it. But there are nine statue houses around the stupa. These contain sitting images in some and standing images in others. One houses a “Sri Pathla” (the mark of the foot) of Lord Buddha. Another one contains a Buddha statue in the reclining position. It is thought these image houses have been built at different times by different people. In addition there is a stairway to reach the first level of the stupa.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Thuparama, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

    Thuparama, a brick-built gedige (Sinhala: vaulted shrine) is in a fine state of preservation. Thuparama, the oldest image house at Polonnaruwa goes back to the reign of King Vijayabahu the first (1055-1110 A.D.). A brick base is about one meter high with three projections that once carried an image of Buddha, which is now simply a pile of bricks. The stone images in the Thuparama date back to the Anuradhapura period. However, Thuparamaya has miraculously survived over 900 years with much of the building still intact. Thuparamaya has a pyramid-shaped roof made solely of bricks and is a ‘mix’ of the architectural styles of the Hindus, the Mauryas of North India and the Sinhalese.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Sathmahal Prasadaya (සත්මහල් ප්‍රාසාදය) - 51, Jayanthipura, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

    The Sathmahal Prasada or the seven storeyed edifice is constructed in a stepped pyramidal form that contains seven square levels. According to the archaeologists, the layout of the edifice resembles Vat Kukut at Lamphun, Thailand built in the eight century. The identity and the purpose of the Sathmahal Prasada haven’t yet been proven. According to the historical chronicles of Sri Lanka, King Parakramabahu the Great had built a stupa in the area and some scholars have assumed the building was in fact a stupa. A similar building discovered in Anuradhapura is known by the name of Nakha Vehera.

    Duration: 20 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from any hotel in Colombo or NegomboAirports
    • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Wander-Lush Travels

Activity ID: V-211823P31

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