The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. This city is only second to Anuradhapura in the ancient history of Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa served as the island’s capital from the 11th to 13th centuries.
This is the second city to be established as the capital in Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa’s historical prominence is surpassed only by that of Anuradhapura.
Polonnaruwa filled with magnificent ruins and beautiful ancient temples, hundreds of ancient structures, statues and stupas in a compact core. This is the best place to witness a flowering of Buddhist arts and amazing ancient architecture.
Minneriya and Kaudulla National Park present ample opportunities to witness wild elephants and the annual migration of a large number of elephants to Minneriya National Park, near Polonnaruwa.