Polonnaruwa Excursion - 1 Day

Polonnaruwa Day Tour from Kandy

Polonnaruwa is the most ancient city of Sri Lanka and it is named as one of the cities of the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura. Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu. In 1982 the ancient city of Polonnaruwa was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The ruins in Polonnaruwa are in a compact area so you can visit them quite easily. If you have a limited time period you can select Polonnaruwa for your cultural and heritage tour.

Today, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned Archeological relic sites in the country.  The ruins of the ancient city stand on the east shore of a large artificial lake, the Topa Wewa Lake, or Parakrama Samudraya (built by King Parakramabahu I (1153-86)), whose reign was Polonnaruwa‘s golden age. Within a rectangle of the city, walls stand palace buildings and clusters of dozens of dagobas, temples and various other religious buildings. A scattering of other historic buildings can be found to the north of the main complex, outside the city walls and close to the main road to Habarana. And also Lankathilaka temple and a colossal statue of the Buddha made from stone is located here.  Scientific observation has been made about the climate changes it has been noted that the temperature of the later part in the year drops significantly low. Polonnaruwa is also famous as Buddhist pilgrims city. It has ancient ruins of temples, stupas and even Hindu temples. Rankot Vihara, the largest stupa in the city is about 180 ft high. Lankathilaka Gedige, built during the rule of Parakramabahu, Kiri Vihara another stupa rediscovered during the 19th century, Shiva Dewale, a Hindu temple that was built during the 13th century, is also one of the famous attractions in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Travel and enjoy the splendour of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa during your Sri Lankan Holiday.

Highlights :

  • Ancient City Of Polonnaruwa
  • Minneriya National Park
Day 1

Tour Details

Pick up from Kandy Hotel and Proceed to Polonnaruwa (Approximately 3 -4 Hours)

Visit Polonnaruwa,ancient city – The second ancient Kingdom of Sri Lanka which is declared as UNESCO world heritage site

Lunch at a restaurant

Proceed to Minneriya National Park – Minnariya national park is the largest known meeting place of Asian Elephants in the world

Evening safari at Minneriya National Park- In your Evening jeep safari tour give you opportunity to see mostly larger elephant gathering than morning safari tour. As well as can see other mammals also. After

Transfer to Kandy Hotel


  • * Hotel pickup and drop-off by an Air-conditioned
  • * Sightseeing tours with service of an English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • * Parking and toll
  • * GST/VAT/ Service Charges


  • * Entry/ Admission fees
  • * Any video/still camera fee to the monuments and places of visit
  • * Meal Plans
  • * Items of personal nature like drinks, laundry, telephone calls, tips, etc.
  • * Extra excursions
  • * Early check-in and late check-out charges
  • Anything else not mentioned in inclusion

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Polonnaruwa Excursion

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