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This is a Buddhist temple here that you must visit. This is about an hours drive from the town... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2017
SE s
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Tranquillity and serene

One of the most spectacular places to travel in Sri Lankan Buddhist worshipping locations. Situated... read more

Reviewed 19 June 2017
Dhanushka d
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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

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Reviewed 24 November 2017 via mobile

This is a Buddhist temple here that you must visit. This is about an hours drive from the town centre. This is a temple lots of local devotees visit.

Thank SE s
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

One of the most spectacular places to travel in Sri Lankan Buddhist worshipping locations. Situated in Somawathiya National forest reserve just off Polonnaruwa this is one mystical place to travel. Somawathiya is a place of Buddhist worship and a place believed to hold a grate...More

2  Thank Dhanushka d
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Somawathi Stupa is located in the middle of the jungle, in Polonnaruwa district. From Polonnaruwa, you have to travel to Sungavila and then take a lengthy road which leads to the temple through the Jungle. Early days this was a dusty gravel road, but recent...More

Thank Pradeep S
Reviewed 4 August 2016

All Polonnaruwa is very interesting and worth the visit, actually the ticket is a bit expensive but you'll get also a visit to the museum and a DVD to bring home. This also helps a lot "westerns" to understand that there are thousands of years...More

Thank Aldophoto
Reviewed 29 July 2016

This is a well respected place by Buddhists in Sri Lanka.Since roads are developed the traffic is more.There could be some difficulties during extreme weather conditions,such as floods during rainy season and warmness in dry season.However facilities are being improved with developed road network.Most of...More

Thank kklpiyasena
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Somawathie Chaitiya sanctuary attracts thousands of pilgrims for veneration of the ancient stupa. Stupa has been renovated in a manner that a visitor can see its inner structure that withstood harsh climatic elements over many centuries. The temple precinct is surrounded by large open fields...More

Thank Kamal P
Reviewed 22 January 2016

This is one of many interesting historical exhibits in the Polonnaruwa historical site and well worth spending a little time. It is wise to have a local guide to assist

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 4 October 2015

Somawathie Temple is one of the most sacred temple in Sri Lanka for buddhists. Polonnaruwa is a dry area and Somawathiya too. You have to go 52 KMs to Somawathiya from Polonnaruwa through a jungle area. The road is most often dusty and in the...More

6  Thank ysa1234
Reviewed 31 August 2015

Meeting room for a small polity, court for a king sitting as judge, hall for a king and his advisors? Interesting to speculate. And what did the weathered symbols on the columns denote?

Thank 600JohnD
Reviewed 14 August 2015

It's nice to see. The best options to visit the area is with driver, or if you stay in Polonnaruwa you can rent a bicycle. 2-3 hours is enough for visiting. Entrance was 25 USD. All of monuments which are written on Unesco list cost...More

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