Polonnaruwa is probably the best preserved ancient city of Sri Lanka. Once a medieval capital, this amazing citadel has the best archeological relics and boasts of a vibrant yet tumultuous history. The city flourished at its zenith during the time of King Parakramabahu the 1st (1153 – 1186 AD). The ruins of the ancient city stand on the east shore of a large artificiallake, the Topa Wewa or Prakrama Samudraya – built by the revered king. Within a rectangle ofcity walls stand the ruins of palaces, dagobas, temples and various other historical monuments. The GalViharaya with its enormous rock sculptures is undoubtedly one of the greatest achievements of Sinhalese art. Polonnaruwa is definitely a must-visit place on any Sri Lankan tour itinerary.
The ancient sacred city of Polonnaruwa was the capital of Sri Lanka in the 11th and 12th centuries. Highlights at this historic marvel include the Gal Viharaya sculptures, the shrine of Lankatilaka and the ruins at the Sacred Quadrangle.
During the dry season (July to September) the Minneriya National Park is home to the world's largest elephant gathering. It is a unique phenomenon and truly memorable experience that can only be witnessed at the Minneriya National Park.
An early morning arrival at the entrance to ancient Polonnaruwa for a meeting with its clusters of curious primates and their devoted researchers.