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Take a half-day tour of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, which majestically portrays Sri Lanka’s grand past.
Things to see:
Pay a visit to the Rankot Viharaya, the largest dagoba in Polonnaruwa with a mighty girth of 550ft. Another impressive monument is the “Gal Potha” (stone book), which is a massive 26 foot slab of granite where King Nissankamulla’s heroic deeds were set in stone by scribes of that time.
The Gal Viharaya is one of the best-known sites in Polonnaruwa, with magnificent statues of Lord Buddha carved entirely out of granite. The most prominent effigy stands at a height of 23 feet, and it has been said that the statue’s pose and facial expression depict supreme compassion.
The Potgul Viharaya, or “Library Monastery” is a unique site, as its auditorium-like construction provided some wonderful acoustics for chanting ancient texts out loud, which would have created quite an ambiance to an audience from Polonnaruwa’s past.
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’.
Polonnaruwa is the perfect place to explore on a half-day tour, and visitors will be back in time to enjoy a splendid seafood lunch fit for a king at Maalu Maalu.