Visiting Pollonaruwa

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Near Girithale

This day we had a visit of the Polonnaruwa site (part of the Cultural Triangle) on our program, approximately 70 kilometres from our hotel in Sigiriya. The great ruined capital of Polonnaruwa is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

On our way to get there we stopped at the Pollonaruwa Rest House. A former state hotel (managed by Ceylon Hotels Corporation), nicely located at a lake site. Used to be a fancy place, in 1954 Queen Elizabeth II was a guest! We had coffee and ginger cookies and went on to visit the Polonnaruwa site. You can rent a bicycle to discover this site.

We started at the Royal Palace Group (remains of the Royal Palace, Council Chamber and Royal Baths) and continued at The Quadrangle (The Vatadage, an impressive circular relic house, the Hatadage and the Satmahal Prasada). Passing the Rankot Vihara (a huge red-brick dagoba or stupa) visiting the Lankatilaka (‘Ornament of Lanka’), a huge, but now headless standing Buddha. Next was the Kiri Vihara, another dagoba (stupa). Last, but definitely not least, we visited Gal Vihara (‘Stone Shrine’). Four beautiful Buddha statues, all carved from the same massive rock of granite!

Vlindeke says:
It surely is!
Posted on: Jan 25, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
Looks to have been a great place to see
Posted on: Jan 24, 2010
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Near Girithale
Near Girithale
Near Girithale
Near Girithale
Near Girithale
Near Girithale
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Pollonaruwa Rest House, visit of Q…
Pollonaruwa Rest House, visit of …
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Pollonaruwa Rest House
Royal Palace Group
Royal Palace Group
Royal Palace Group
Royal Palace Group
Royal Palace Group
Royal Palace Group
Royal Palace Group
Royal Palace Group
Poor thing ;-(
Poor thing ;-(
Royal Palace Group, Council Chamber
Royal Palace Group, Council Chamber
Royal Palace Group, Council Chamber
Royal Palace Group, Council Chamber
Royal Palace Group, Council Chamber
Royal Palace Group, Council Chamber
Moonstone
Moonstone
Royal Palace Group
Royal Palace Group
Vatadage
Vatadage
Vatadage
Vatadage
Hatadage
Hatadage
Moonstone
Moonstone
Satmahal Prasada
Satmahal Prasada
Rankot Vihara
Rankot Vihara
Rankot Vihara
Rankot Vihara
Rankot Vihara
Rankot Vihara
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka
Lankatilaka bas reliefs
Lankatilaka bas reliefs
Kiri Vihara
Kiri Vihara
Gal Vihara, sitting Buddha
Gal Vihara, sitting Buddha
Gal Vihara, seated Buddha
Gal Vihara, seated Buddha
Gal Vihara, standing Buddha
Gal Vihara, standing Buddha
Gal Vihara, reclining Buddha
Gal Vihara, reclining Buddha
Gal Vihara, reclining Buddha
Gal Vihara, reclining Buddha
Gal Vihara, reclining Buddha
Gal Vihara, reclining Buddha
Gal Vihara, reclining Buddha
Gal Vihara, reclining Buddha
Polonnaruwa
photo by: Vlindeke