Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa is the main town of Polonnaruwa District in the North Central Province, Sri Lanka. Kaduruwela area is the Polonnaruwa New Town and the other part of Polonnaruwa, remains as the royal ancient city of polonnaru kingdom. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I (1055-1110). Although the ruling of king Vijayabahu I is considered significant it was during the reign of Parakramabahu I (1153-1186) that is considered the Golden Age of Polonnaruwa, when trade and agriculture flourished under the patronage of the king.

Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Below is a selection of photos taken during a visit to Polonnaruwa. Click on a miniature-photo to enlarge it, then navigate using the arrows left/right of the photo or use the cursor keys on your keyboard.