A hot day touring Polonnaruwa

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Buddha statues, Polonnaruwa

I had a streaming cold the day we toured Polonnaruwa, which made it quite hard work. We got the bus from Dambulla where we were staying. It was a much longer trip than Sigiriya, but still easily doable as a return trip in the day.

When we got off the bus we were harangued by a couple of blokes with a tuktuk who wanted to sell us dodgy tickets for entrance to the sites. We declined and went to buy real ones from the museum.

There were lots of different things to see in Polonnaruwa: the museum had a lot of interesting exhibits, and the remains of the ancient city are quite extensive, with lots of temples and former dwellings, many of which were quite large and impressive. We ended up doing a lot of walking to get round and see everything we wanted to.

Moonstone, Polonnaruwa

For lunch we'd brought food with us, but needed to buy more bottled water. We had to resort to tossing a coin to decide which of the four identical stalls to buy it from!

Towards the end of the day we gave in and got in a tuktuk to go to the last couple of sights we wanted to see, as they were too fat out of the way. We probably overpaid, but we did get him to take us back to the bus station. When we got there he was quite prepared to give us the journey for free in return for our ticket stubs. He said that he wanted them for his kids who were doing a project at school; I don't suppose it could have been anything to do with the fake tickets that someone tried to sell us at the start of the day! (He even went as far as denying that it was anything to do that, without us so much as suggesting that's what we were thinking!)

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Buddha statues, Polonnaruwa
Buddha statues, Polonnaruwa
Moonstone, Polonnaruwa
Moonstone, Polonnaruwa
Quadrangle, Polonnaruwa
Quadrangle, Polonnaruwa
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Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa
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photo by: Vlindeke