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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was fun ridding the bicycles inside the sacred kingdoms..i enjoyed every moment.so much of history and heritage.Alot to learn.

Thank larinetoussaint
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Group: 26 people with different ages Price: 25$ adult - children 6-12 half price, less than 6 free of charge Recommendation: If you are into history. Yo can take very nice photos as a memory, the place is only 900 years old so may be...More

Thank Omnia A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Difficult to find the entrance, ask around preferably other tourists. Ask for a cycle from your hotel if you are staying nearby. From the ticket office it's about 5 mins cycling to the entrance from the museum/ticket office.

Thank Adriano S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We planned to hire bikes but ended up staying in the tuk tuk we’d got from sigiriya. This actually worked really well as the ruins are far more spread out than we’d anticipated and tuk Tuks are allowed everywhere. Our driver told us about each...More

Thank smithgilmore
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Bused from Sigiriya and rented bikes on arrival. Trip round the museum to start is a really helpful introduction. From the museum it's a short walk to the lakeside palace. From there bikes were brilliant to explore the main and further flung temples and palaces....More

Thank Surfthemaze
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is really worth to visit! You can walk around the sites or rent a bike and riding alla around. The price is almost 25 euro for person. With the same ticket you can also visit the museum 5 min far by walk. Really...More

Thank Lorenzo M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site. It use to be were the Kings ruled Sri Lanka from. Some of the areas you are asked to remove your shoes

Thank Dundalk84
Reviewed 1 week ago

Along with Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa is an absolute must-visit site if touring Sri Lanka. The history of the place is amazing. Do your research before you go to better appreciate what you are seeing. I can recommend a great guide - ask me if interested.

1  Thank Marc E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I like it because it was not too big to visit for a day, it was compact You have to know that even if you visit a ruined temple you still have to cover your knees I also liked the ruins set in the very...More

Thank Cat M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a bus from habarana to here in about 60 minutes for less than 150lkr after being helped by an old lady selling water by the roadside. The cost was around 7000lkr for two people, and we hired bikes for around 500lkr each for...More

Thank Simon H
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5 January 2018|
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Response from twiedema | Reviewed this property |
PS: We saw other cars and even mini-buses in the park, but no tuk-tuks!
26 October 2017|
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Response from hasitha s | Reviewed this property |
Yes it’s reachable by a vehicle, if you have a passion towards studying the history it can take sometime if not within 1-2 hours you can finishing sightseeing.
Tiri C
28 April 2017|
Response from Ανδρόμαχος Δ | Reviewed this property |
The entrance fee is paid at the Museum entrance, so their ticket counter serves the whole area. Usually the tickets are dated, and then stamped on the various points of interest, so I am not really sure if they can provide... More
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