14 Hours History tour itinerary for Negombo, Colombo & Polonnaruwa: Take Notice Of This Archaeological Relic City
Negombo, Colombo, Polonnaruwa
Marvel at the ancient capital of Sri Lanka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its well-preserved ruins depicting the illustrious ancient Lankan civilization. You will be amazed by one of the better-kept ruins of ancient Ceylon.
Colombo/Negombo - polonnaruwa
Arrive at Polonnaruwa and your first stop will be the Polonnaruwa World Heritage Site and ruins. Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its well-preserved ruins depicting the illustrious ancient Lankan civilization.
Visit the Polonnaruwa Museum to discover the protected ruins that are fenced off to an archaeological site, slightly north of the modern-day town. Worth the visit for insightful displays of life in the ancient capital and some exclusive exhibits.
Explore the Dalada Maluwa (Terrace of the Tooth Relic) which is located at the heart of the ancient city and is known as the Quadrangle. It was the sacred precinct of ancient Polonnaruwa and was the most important of the cluster of religious shrines. The Quadrangle is a cleverly designed circular shrine with carved outer walls and elaborate moonstones at each of the four entrances.
Head to the Royal Palace constructed by Parakramabahu I was a magnificent structure measuring 31m by 13m and is said to have had seven storeys. Today its crumbling remains look like giant cavity-ravaged molars. The 3m-thick walls have holes to receive the floor beams for two higher floors; however, if there were another four levels, these must have been made of wood. The roof in this main hall, which had 50 rooms in all, was supported by 30 columns.
Check out the Lankathilaka Imaga House, an image house with impressive walls soaring to a height of 55 ft, enclosing a large, headless Buddha statue that is squashed inside the high, narrow space.
Proceed to Gale Viharaya Temple. Four Buddha statues are located here, chopped out of granite cliff face. Gal Vihara is the peak of ancient Sri Lanka’s rock-carved art. A majestic 46 ft reclining Buddha is the highlight here: a figure so beautiful that it inspired centuries of Sinhalese art.
Hotel pick-up and drop-off (Negombo/Colombo)
Meals: Bottled water, and lunch x 1
Transportation: Private transport, air-conditioned vehicle
Fee: All entrance fee included
Private Day tour to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa
Arrive and do a sightseeing tour of one of the better-kept ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa which was a medieval capital of Sri Lanka. Among the masterpieces of this golden era are the many towering stupas (Dagabos), wonderful rock carvings, huge stone pillars, and ruins of royal palaces, monasteries and bathing tanks along with some of the most complex irrigation systems in the world.
Negombo, Colombo, Polonnaruwa
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