Pollonaruwa is the second oldest Sri Lankan kingdom. It was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders in 1070, to reunite the country once more under a local leader.
Today the ancient city of Polonnaruwa remains one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the kingdom’s first rulers.
- Explore the temples of Pollonaruwa.
- Delight in the playful antics of the resident troop of macaques (monkeys) that inhabit the ruins.
Min 30°C/86°F Max 35°C/95°F
As Sri Lanka is close to the equator, Pollonaruwa experiences uniform weather throughout the year - except for the two months of rain (monsoon).
- Best time to travelYear round
- LanguagesSinhala, Tamil and English are all officially recognised languages.
- Flying to PollonaruwaBandaranaike International Airport at Katunayake is the International Airport for Sri Lanka - serviced by flights from the UK, Middle East, India, Singapore and Europe.
- CurrencySri Lankan Rupee
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