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Address: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
08:00 - 17:00
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Private Half Day Tour: Polonnaruwa Gal Vihara and Ruins City
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We went there by bicycle, actually is the perfect way to see this place. The place is really big and with the bicycle you can stop to see all the area and not just the main... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Rafaela M
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went there by bicycle, actually is the perfect way to see this place. The place is really big and with the bicycle you can stop to see all the area and not just the main buildings, the surroundings are full of nature you can spot so many wild animals like whit tailed deer, black face monkeys, lizards, mongoose. I... More 

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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was such a shame that our group could not get more time here. There was so much to see. So much we wanted to find out. It's gets extremely hot here and there is nowhere to get shade and as you have to take your shoes off when entering the temples your feet get burnt. So it really was... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In Polonnaruwa you find the ruins of a huge city from the 12th/13th century. Our guide said that sone 1,3 Mio. people lived there so it's really big. As always in Sri Lanka foreigners are discriminated for just being born in another country and have to pay 20-30folds of the local fee to visit the museum and the site. For... More 

Thank Daniel A
Portsmouth, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Huge site. I would recommend having a driver and guide escort you as the there is so much to see. You can hire bikes but it's so darn hot it would be very tiring to get around. You may wish to read up in advance and work out which elements you want to focus on as it's exposed and boiling... More 

Thank rachwilko
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The area is quite big. You can either drive around or rent a bike. There are 4-5 main sights. We started by seeing the museum and I can recommend that for people that has not read much about Polonnaruwa. It gives you some background of the sight you are about to see (and they have a decent toilet). Some of... More 

1 Thank Handersen1
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The sites here are surprisingly light on tourists compared to elsewhere in SL. Or maybe we were lucky. The local trend is to hire a bike. Don't. The heat and humidity can be sapping. One needs a break between each highlight. You don't get that riding from one place to the next.

Thank Angleseateam
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a great place of proud era in srilanka. Watch out the places and study. The history recall when you see the places here. Do not miss if you are interested about the history. Reccommended to hire a Guide or carry a guide book.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is really hot in April and I had limited time but had a driver to drive me around and drop me off to walk around. I loved the ruins and rock carvings. Well worth seeing!

Thank LJH37
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent an entire morning at Polonnaruwa, but could have easily stretched the tour for the entire day. There simply so much to see. Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th – 13th AD and is full of interesting monuments. One of the many must sees in the region. Be prepared for lots of walking.

Thank Prop19
Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spread over a very wide area this place will keep you busy for several hours. It gets very hot though so make sure you're dressed comfortably and that you have a hat and sunscreen. The guides were a bit annoying and we had to almost get rude to get rid of them. Like many other places in Sri Lanka, every... More 

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