Audience Hall


Parakramabahu I’s Audience Hall is notable for the frieze of elephants, each of which is in a different pose. There are fine lions at the top of the steps.

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1. Royal Palace

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The Royal Palace constructed by Parakramabahu I was a magnificent structure measuring 31m by 13m, and is said to have had seven storeys. Today its…

2. Bathing Pool


Just outside the southeast corner of the palace grounds, the Bathing Pool (Kumara Pokuna) has a central lotus island and two of its crocodile-mouth spouts…

3. Archaeological Museum


This excellent museum has rooms dedicated to the citadel, the outer city, the monastery area (check out the model of the monks' hospital and medical…

4. Polonnaruwa Ruins

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For three centuries Polonnaruwa was a royal capital of both the Chola and Sinhalese kingdoms. Today's archaeological park is a delight to explore, with…

5. Entrance to Ruins

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This is where you will have your Polonnaruwa ticket checked, before entering the main site.

6. Shiva Devale No 1

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Just south of the Quadrangle, the 13th-century Hindu temple Shiva Devale No 1 displays the Indian influence that returned after Polonnaruwa’s Sinhalese…

7. Royal Baths

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This water tank next to the EKHO Lake House has a stepped entrance and is fed from the nearby Topa Wewa.