Polonnaruwa is a well-preserved city of ancient dagobas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and stunningly beautiful statues.

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polonnaruwa-ancient-city-sri-lanka-mysrilankatravel-12Polonnaruwa lies 216 km northeast of Colombo, 140kms northeast of Kandy and 104kms southeast of Anuradhapura. Sri Lanka´s medieval
capital (11th – 12th Century AD) is a well-preserved city of ancient dagobas, moonstones, beautiful parks, massive buildings and
stunningly beautiful statues. The majestic King´s Council Chamber, the Lotus Bath, the Lanka Thilaka Viharaya, the Gal Viharaya (rock
temple) and the statue of one of Polonnaruwa´s great kings, Parakramabahu, are a few of this capital´s memorable sights. The Sea of
Parakrama – a vast 12th century man-made reservoir dominates the city. Although it is nearly 1000 years old, it is much younger than
Anuradhapura, and in much better repair. Moreover, the monuments here are located in a more compact area, and their development is easier
to follow

POTTUVIL AND ARUGAM BAY

Arugam Bay, 3km (2 miles) south of the small fishing village of Pottuvil, had a reputation as a surfer´s paradise before the area became
unsafe due to incidents in and around Pottuvil and on the roads leading to it. It has long, empty beaches and a wide lagoon which is a
haven for numerous bird species.

GAL OYA NATIONAL PARK

Gal Oya covers 260km2 (100 sq miles) of scrub and open country around an artificial reservoir, the Senanayake Samudra (Senanayake Sea),
named after Sri Lanka´s first post-independence prime minister. Formed in the early 1950s by damming the Gal Oya River, which flows out
of the foothills to feed the lagoons south of Batticaloa, the huge lake has a deeply indented coastline, suitable for exploring and
viewing game by boat. Unfortunately it is closed until further notice.

LAHUGALA NATIONAL PARK

About 16km (10 miles) west of Pottuvil, Lahugala was designated as a national park mainly to provide a protected corridor for elephant
groups moving between the larger reserves of Ruhuna (Yala), to the south, and Gal Oya, to the north. In the dry season this small park is
reputed to have more elephants than any other part of the country, attracted by the grazing around the reservoirs within the park

 

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