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Address: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

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very interesting and worth the visit

All Polonnaruwa is very interesting and worth the visit, actually the ticket is a bit expensive but you'll get also a visit to the museum and a DVD to bring home. This also helps... read more

Reviewed 4 August 2016
Milan, Italy

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Galle, Sri Lanka
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Somawathi Stupa is located in the middle of the jungle, in Polonnaruwa district. From Polonnaruwa, you have to travel to Sungavila and then take a lengthy road which leads to the temple through the Jungle. Early days this was a dusty gravel road, but recent road construction enabled devotees to reach this grate stupa without much hassle. Its recommended to... More 

Thank Pradeep S
Milan, Italy
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72 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

All Polonnaruwa is very interesting and worth the visit, actually the ticket is a bit expensive but you'll get also a visit to the museum and a DVD to bring home. This also helps a lot "westerns" to understand that there are thousands of years of history anywhere... Hope to get back!

Thank Aldophoto
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

This is a well respected place by Buddhists in Sri Lanka.Since roads are developed the traffic is more.There could be some difficulties during extreme weather conditions,such as floods during rainy season and warmness in dry season.However facilities are being improved with developed road network.Most of the Buddhists believe in miracles in this Holy place.It's a different experience to travel here... More 

Thank kklpiyasena
Byron Bay, Australia
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72 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Somawathie Chaitiya sanctuary attracts thousands of pilgrims for veneration of the ancient stupa. Stupa has been renovated in a manner that a visitor can see its inner structure that withstood harsh climatic elements over many centuries. The temple precinct is surrounded by large open fields with naturally growing grasses where herds of wild Elephants graze. Ground being boggy during wet... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 635 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2016

This is one of many interesting historical exhibits in the Polonnaruwa historical site and well worth spending a little time. It is wise to have a local guide to assist

Thank Oldjack
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2015

Somawathie Temple is one of the most sacred temple in Sri Lanka for buddhists. Polonnaruwa is a dry area and Somawathiya too. You have to go 52 KMs to Somawathiya from Polonnaruwa through a jungle area. The road is most often dusty and in the rainy season it get flooded.The temple area is very hot in the afternoon. I think... More 

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74 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2015

Meeting room for a small polity, court for a king sitting as judge, hall for a king and his advisors? Interesting to speculate. And what did the weathered symbols on the columns denote?

Thank 600JohnD
Prague, Czech Republic
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71 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

It's nice to see. The best options to visit the area is with driver, or if you stay in Polonnaruwa you can rent a bicycle. 2-3 hours is enough for visiting. Entrance was 25 USD. All of monuments which are written on Unesco list cost 25 USD.

Thank Desita89
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30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2015 via mobile

I am came to this place Polonnaruwa to here 1 hour journey my mother & family this is historical place & most of buddhist people highly believing place ,

Thank Rangana
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Somawathi holds one of the only two tooth relics of Lord Buddha existing in the world.Incredible unnatural phenomena which has been accruing around the stupa .These have been witnessed by thousands of pilgrims.The remoteness of the location. This site is located deep inside the jungle infested with elephants and other wild animals.

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