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.
Three Kings dominate the chronicles of the city and the period. The city reached a dazzling but pitifully brief zenith in the 12th century and though ravaged by invasion in the centuries that followed, much evidence remains of the old grandeur and glory.The ruins of the ancient city stand on the east shore of a large artificial lake, the Topa Wewa Lake, or Parakrama Samudraya (the Sea of Parakrama), built by King Parakramabahu I (1153-86), whose reign was Polonnaruwa‘s golden age. Within a rectangle of 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 Dambulla.
The renovated vast ancient Minneriya Rainwater Reservoir that irrigates the considerable area of the district of Polonnaruwa is the focal point of the Minneriya National Park.Being part of the elephant corridor which joins up with Kaudulla and Wasgomuwa parks, Minneriya National Park gives the opportunity to see herds of Elephants throughout the year.May to October is the best period to visit Minneriya National Park in view of the famous Gathering of the wild elephants.
Explore the UNESCO-designated ancient city of Polonnaruwa and go on an unforgettable elephant safari at Minneriya National Park.
Our Chauffaur Guide will Pickup from your place and take you to Visit Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO designated heritage site. Polonnaruwa was once a glittering royal capital. Tour the city’s ancient ruins, the only remnants of its glorious past, and marvel at giant Buddha statues, stone palaces, bathing pools and temples. Have lunch and then drive to the Minneriya/Kaudulla National Park for a spectacular wildlife safari to see herds of wild elephants. If you are visiting between July and early November, you’ll have the chance to witness the incredible “elephant gathering,” when hundreds of elephants migrate to the park in search of water.