Blog Series: UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka you can find 6 UNESCO world heritage sites. These sites offer you a unique insight into Sri Lankan history and culture. Many people want to visit these picturesque and interesting sites, and we have therefore put together a blog series giving you all the information you need before visiting these grand places.
On your Holiday Tour you can visit all the UNESCO world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. You will get a good understanding of Sri Lankan history and culture, and see fantastic sites and the splendor of Sri Lanka. Contact us with your tour requests, and we will design the perfect tour itinerary for you.
Part 6: Polonnaruwa
Visit the ancient Capital of Ceylon - Explore the exciting History of Sri Lanka - See Asian Elephants on Safari
Second Capital of Ceylon
The ancient capital of Polonnaruwa is one of history’s most spectacular urban creations, because of the special relationship between the buildings and the natural settings, as well because of its dimensions. There are many Buddhist sanctuaries found in the ancient site of Polonnaruwa. One of the most renowned is Atadage, where the tooth of the Lord of Buddha was kept. The building was built on 54 stone pillars, with a granite staircase and Buddha statue. A few steps still remain of the staircase, as well as Buddha statues, and the stone pillars with beautiful carvings.
Polonnaruwa was created in the 12th century by King Parakramabahu I. Polonnaruwa became the second capital of Ceylon after the destruction of Anuradhapura. This ancient city has also become a sacred place for Buddhism and Sinhalese history. The decline of Polonnaruwa as the capital of Ceylon was completed by the removal of the tooth of the Lord of Buddha.
The Golden Age of Polonnaruwa occurred in the 12th century AD and you can still today visit many stunning sites from this era. An amazing garden city was created during this period, as well as wall paintings of giant Buddha images and an impressive stupa with 175 m in diameter. The Gal Vihara, or Rock Shrine, was also built during this period, with gigantic rock sculptures regarded as masterpieces of Sri Lankan art.
Wildlife Safari in Minneriya National Park
Visiting the stunning ancient capital of Polonnaruwa you can also proceed to Minneriya National Park for wildlife safari. Elephants and birds gather around the ancient Minnerya Tank, built in 3rd century AD, to bathe and eat of the grass fields on the edges of the reservoir. Spot Elephants, Spotted Dear and Sambars. You can also find 160 species of birds here, and if you are lucky the rare Leopards. Visit Minneriya National Park for an exciting wildlife safari.
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