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Visit to Polonnaruwa sacred city from Negombo

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Polonnaruwa was established by the Cholas as capital city under the name Jananathapuram in the 10th century. Under this period flourished Hinduism. Raja Raja Chola I built Vanavan Mahadevisvaram, a Shiva temple at Polonnaruwa named after his queen, which presently is known as Siva Devale. Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka's splendid medieval capital 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.
What to Expect
Our driver will pick up you from your Hotel in Negombo early in the morning to drive to Sacred city of Polonnaruwa. Visit a once flourishing empire, the second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms and the capital of Sri Lanka from 1017 A.D. to 1235 A.D. Travel back in time to the Golden Age of Polonnaruwa under the reign of King Parakramabahu the Great.

See the remains of some of the greatest feats of the past; the gigantic Parakrama Samudra (The Sea of Parakrama) covering 2500 hectares of land, still provides water for irrigation to the surrounding areas and is believed to be one of the most greatest irrigation feats of the past.

Take time to see the remains of ancient Stupas, shrines, palaces, buildings, monasteries, tanks and parks, each one narrating its own story of a glorious past.

Some of the ‘must see’ places include the Statue of king Parakramabahu I, the Potgul Vehera – a unique monastery, the Lotus Pond with its eight petal lotus shape built on four tiers, the Rankot Vihara – the 55 m high stupa, the largest in Polonnaruwa, Galvehera – three large Buddha statues carved on the face of a rock and the Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu.

End of the tour back to driver your Hotel in Negombo.
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Departure Point

Pickup Details

We pick up travelers from any Hotel in Negombo


  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
Return Details
  • Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Bottle water 1l per person
  • Lunch
  • Restroom on board
  • WiFi on board
  • Gratuities
  • Entrances Fees
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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  • Duration: 12h
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