Polonnaruwa Gal Viharaya

Polonnaruwa and Minneriya National Park

Just like Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka built in the 11th and 12th centuries AC. Today the land surrounding the old city consists mostly of tropical woodlands and is not densely populated, but this area was once home to a bustling city, hosting the royal family of Sri Lanka. The well-preserved ruins give you the chance to experience the grandeur of this period and marvel at the artistry of the island’s early craftsmen. At the heart of the ancient city are the remains of the royal palace, council chamber and many distinctly south Indian style Hindu temples. One of the most impressive sights is the huge man-made lake that once supplied this great city with water.

 

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is a residence for approximately hundred elephants. It is located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. Minneriya is of both historical and ecological value. Minneriya Lake, the rainwater reservoir around which now lies the national park, feeds the biodiversity within the area. Besides elephants you can see sloth bears, deers, peacocks, boars and many kinds of birds circling the beautiful Minneriya tank.

 

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