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Polonnaruwa

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Introduction

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa is one of Sri Lanka's most popular heritage sites. And, like Anuradhapura, the Buddhist pilgrimage site to the north, a must-visit Sri Lanka holiday destination. Situated on the shores of the Parakrama Samudra reservoir, the ruined city was Sri Lanka's capital for two centuries and the centre of a reunited country after the invasion by the Chola dynasty of India in the 11th century.

Today, Polonnaruwa's extensive ruins are some of the countries best preserved. The Royal Palace and Quadrangle are especially impressive, with frescos and rock carvings intricately decorating each building's facade. Elsewhere on the site is the sublime Gal Vihara - the Cave of the Spirits of Knowledge - a temple adorned with four excellent images of Buddha, including a 14-metre recumbent Buddha, carved into a large slab of granite rock. The site is one of the best examples of Sinhalese rock carving and a major Sri Lanka travel highlight.

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Best of Sri Lanka

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,455 pp

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Book by: 31 January 2018

From sweeping tea plantations to UNESCO-listed treasures and the wildlife of the Yala National Park, spend two memorable weeks exploring the history, culture and beaches of this Indian Ocean gem, a land of smiles that's long made it a travellers' favourite.

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Best of Sri Lanka

15-day tailor-made journey from £3,455 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £230 pp
Book by: 31 January 2018

From sweeping tea plantations to UNESCO-listed treasures and the wildlife of the Yala National Park, spend two memorable weeks exploring the history, culture and beaches of this Indian Ocean gem, a land of smiles that's long made it a travellers' favourite.

Sri Lanka & The Maldives

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,390 pp incl. flights

Offering idyllic islands, scenic splendour and cultural encounters, this best-of-both tour shows off both Sri Lanka and the Maldives at their absolute finest. Enjoy the sparkle of the Indian Ocean and stroll past giant-sized recumbent Buddhas in this tailor-made journey.

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