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Address: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
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Private Half Day Tour: Polonnaruwa Gal Vihara and Ruins City
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Nice to visit the temples and ruins.

Great visit, just to hot for us wimpy Americans. Lots and lots of ruins, but a guide is essentially essential. Bring lots of water.

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Oakland, California
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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

The cost is more than $25usd. The museum is poorly curated (you will definitely need to read up by yourself before you go to get the background), toilets are dirty, people are rude (someone grabbed onto my bike as I was riding through the exit gate because I didn't hand in my ticket), and there are people hassling you to... More 

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great visit, just to hot for us wimpy Americans. Lots and lots of ruins, but a guide is essentially essential. Bring lots of water.

Thank AM_Oakland
Singapore, Singapore
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A large protected area to visit and learn more about the history and culture of past rulers. Not much of the sites are however still remaining as a whole but you are still able to appreciate the artistry and design of that period. You should have a guide to explain the history and succession of each ruler.

Thank Yen Sheng C
County Cork, Ireland
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128 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

These ruins are really interesting and I would highly recommend the visit. The actual area is huge! We were lucky in that we had a driver who brought us between the main attractions as they're quite far apart and it was SO hot when we were there.

Thank rocco11221
London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa first became the capital of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa in the 9th century and has recently been made a world heritage site. It covers a huge area so plan on spending at least half a day there. We used a local guide who was most helpful in explaining some of the history and many of... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We went there by bicycle, actually is the perfect way to see this place. The place is really big and with the bicycle you can stop to see all the area and not just the main buildings, the surroundings are full of nature you can spot so many wild animals like whit tailed deer, black face monkeys, lizards, mongoose. I... More 

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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was such a shame that our group could not get more time here. There was so much to see. So much we wanted to find out. It's gets extremely hot here and there is nowhere to get shade and as you have to take your shoes off when entering the temples your feet get burnt. So it really was... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In Polonnaruwa you find the ruins of a huge city from the 12th/13th century. Our guide said that sone 1,3 Mio. people lived there so it's really big. As always in Sri Lanka foreigners are discriminated for just being born in another country and have to pay 20-30folds of the local fee to visit the museum and the site. For... More 

Thank Daniel A
Portsmouth, England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Huge site. I would recommend having a driver and guide escort you as the there is so much to see. You can hire bikes but it's so darn hot it would be very tiring to get around. You may wish to read up in advance and work out which elements you want to focus on as it's exposed and boiling... More 

Thank rachwilko
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The area is quite big. You can either drive around or rent a bike. There are 4-5 main sights. We started by seeing the museum and I can recommend that for people that has not read much about Polonnaruwa. It gives you some background of the sight you are about to see (and they have a decent toilet). Some of... More 

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