It is about 60km from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa. It will take one hour ten minutes by car.
Polonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in North Central Province. It has a population of about 13,000 inhabitant. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.
Splendid medieval capital of Polonnaruwa was established as the first city of the land in the 11th Century, A.D. It replaced Anuradhapura, which was plundered, made desolate and laid hopelessly bare to the invading armies from South India.
The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Polonnaruwa is the second largest city in North Central Province, but it is also known as one of the cleanest and more beautiful cities in the country.