King’s Council Chamber
Furthest north is the King’s Council Chamber, where the king’s throne, in the shape of a stone lion, once stood. It is now in Colombo’s...
Shiva Devale No 1
Just south of the Quadrangle, the 13th-century Hindu temple Shiva Devale No 1 displays the Indian influence that returned after...
Also known as the Parakramabahu Vihara, Pabula Vihara is a typical dagoba from the period of Parakramabahu I. It is the third-largest...
New Araliya Sinhala Hotel
This popular local eatery serves Sri Lankan meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including rice and curry and kotthu rotti (rotti ...
Lonely Planet review
The Archaeological Museum is excellent. It’s designed so that you walk from one end to the other, passing through a series of rooms, each dedicated to a particular theme: the citadel, the outer city, the monastery area and the periphery, and Hindu monuments. The latter room contains a wonderful selection of bronzes. Of particular interest are the scale models of buildings, including the vatadage (circular relic house), which show how they might have looked in their heyday – if you follow the theory that they once had wooden roofs.