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Getting around

There are frequent buses (Rs 8) between the Old Town and Kaduruwela, where the bus and train stations are located. A three-wheeler costs Rs 100.

Bicycles are the ideal transport for getting around Polonnaruwa’s monuments, which are surrounded by shady woodland. Bicycles with gears can be hired for about Rs 200 a day from a couple of places in the town’s main street. Some guesthouses also hire bicycles (usually gearless) from Rs 150 a day.

For around Rs 500, a car and driver or three-wheeler can be hired for about three hours, which is long enough to have a quick look around the ruins.