Cultural heritage city of Polonnaruwa was a great Kingdome in ancient Sri Lanka during its’ momentary period of two Centuries of Sri Lankan olden times. Polonnaruwa city is 216 kMs from the capital Colombo and 96 kMs from Batticaloa.
Polonnaruwa today is a paradise of the great antique Sri Lankan architecture dating way back to 12th Century AD, which was a combination of many Buddhist monasteries and shrines which were built by the great King Parakramabahu the first. Later King Nissankamalla of Kalinga Empire also had subsidized to the growth of many structures and monuments at Polonnaruwa. (1187-1196 AD )
During the Kingdome of Anuradhapura (1st to 6th Century AD), agricultural interest and expansions materialized with irrigation related structures such as Elaher canal,Minnriya tank and Kaudulla tank were constructed. Even though it was not a major city at that time, King Aggabodhi IV lived in Polonnaruwa and administrated the Anuradhapura Kingdom. King Parakramabahu the first is known to be the greatest among the Rajah who ruled Polonnaruwa during the Polonnaruwa period. Polonnaruwa Architecture, Sculpture and Statuette is well exhibited at Gal Viharaya,Thuparamaya Image House and Lanka tilaka Image House for you to visit and educate yourself.
Places close to Polonnaruwa you should find time to visit are; Somawathie, Dimbulagala, Sigiriya,Medirigiriya and Buduruwayaya