Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

It is about 60km from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa. It will take one hour ten minutes by car.

The scenery on the way from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa.

The scenery on the way from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa.

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.

Views of Polonnaruwa Town; Getting into Polonnaruwa, Bendiwewa Lakeside, Polonnaruwa Railway Station, Downtown Area of Polonnaruwa.

Views of Polonnaruwa Town; Getting into Polonnaruwa, Bendiwewa Lakeside, Polonnaruwa Railway Station, Downtown Area of Polonnaruwa.

Polonnaruwa map, northern half

Polonnaruwa map, northern half

Polonnaruwa map, southern half

Polonnaruwa map, southern half

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.

Important places on Polonnaruwa; Gal Vihara, District General Hospital, Royal Central College, Ruin of Royal Palace

Important places on Polonnaruwa; Gal Vihara, District General Hospital, Royal Central College, Ruins of Royal Palace

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.

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