Breakfast at hotel.
Proceed to Polonnaruwa UNESCO heritage sites
Polonnaruwa is a grandeur unsurpassed. An interesting mix of Buddhism, ancient craftsmanship, arts, architecture and South Indian Hindu culture spread across around 122 hectares - an experience that would forever be etched in the traveler’s mind.
Ready to find out what you would explore in this 11th & 12th Century medieval capital during your travel journey?
Within this walled citadel you would find the significant monuments best preserved to date such as the flora stone pillared pavilion called Nissanka Latha Mandapaya; the Royal Citadel and the ponds; the impressive Vatadage relic house; Tuparamaya image house; the circular relic house; the golden pinnacled stupa- Rankoth Vehera; the extravagant moonstones; guard stones and sculpture; Kirivehera dagoba; the glorious Polonnanru Gal Viharaya with breathtaking rock sculptures; Menik Vehera- a Lotus shaped stupa; the statue of King Parakramabahu the Great carved on a rock (during this King’s reign Polonanurwa reached its golden era) and the mammoth man-made inland Lake - Parakrama Samudraya which irrigates the city and the farmlands even today.
Let’s revisit the glorious Polonnaruwa days!
Continue to Ritigala, a hotspot not to be missed if you are in the Cultural Triangle!
If getting lost in nature and history is an option for you; this protected cultural and natural reserve will be truly intriguing.
Ritigala mountain- the highest peak in the Northern Sri Lanka- some 2513 ft above sea level (scientific research conducted has brought to limelight the interesting variety of lichens here), the rich biodiversity within the unblemished landscape of the forest reserve, the forest monastery with 9th Century AD ruins- stone paths and pillars and meditating platforms - all steeped in history and myth. A destination being mentioned in the ancient chronicle Mahavamsa and the Hindu epic Ramayanaya. (Folklore you will come across in plenty here)