Visit Polonnaruwa and Kaudulla National Park in 2 Days

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Day 1: Colombo - Polonnaruwa

Stop At: Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Sacred City, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
The Vatadage, located at Polonnaruwa Ancient City, is yet another work of wonderful art that gets an exalted position in the annals of local history. It is this par excellence in vatadage design. In fact it gives the modern audience an incredible view of what a complete vatadage would actually have looked like. However it is lacking a roof, which...
Itinerary

Day 1: Colombo - Polonnaruwa

Stop At: Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Sacred City, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
The Vatadage, located at Polonnaruwa Ancient City, is yet another work of wonderful art that gets an exalted position in the annals of local history. It is this par excellence in vatadage design. In fact it gives the modern audience an incredible view of what a complete vatadage would actually have looked like. However it is lacking a roof, which would have been a large dome, judging by the curvature of the walls at least. There is some doubt concerning the sponsor of this building. It might even have been a flattened roof with curved edges, but one can reconstruct this structure any way they please, given that it is within the realms of historical feasibility. Tiles have been found in the vicinity of this building.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Gal Vihara, 440/225 Palm Grove State Minuwangoda road, Polonnaruwa 51000 Sri Lanka
Gal Vihara (Sinhala: stone temple), Buddhist Temple at (UNESCO World Heritage Site) at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka is the most perfect specimen of Buddha statue hewn out of solid stone. Crafted during the reign of King Parakrabahu (1153-1186 A.C), Gal Vihara statues are still in complete preservation with their irresistible charm and sublimity. It is undeniable that the sculptors of Gal Vihara were of greater skill and expertise in the art of stone sculpture in Sri Lanka. The images at Gal Vihara have brought about higher level of awakening in the observers with respect of Buddhist art in Sri Lanka. Gal Vihara at Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka known as “The Northern Temple” in the beginning of its history, is a cave complex, about 27 meters in length and 10 meters in height at the centre and sloping towards the ends, with sculptures carved on the solid rock in four shrines. Gal Vihara, like numerous other Buddhist shrines of Sri Lanka, is a shrine of Theravada Buddhism. Then again Gal Vihara testifies to the influence of Mahayana Buddhism during the 12th century.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Hatadage, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
Hatadage is an ancient shrine in the Polonnaruwa District of North Central Province, Sri Lanka. It was built by the King Nissanka Malla (1187-1196 A.D.). This had been used to place the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. According to historical sources, the shrine has built in sixty hours. The English translation of the Sinhalese word “Hata” is sixty, represent the duration of the construction period and the word “Dage” has the meaning of “relic shrine”. The remaining features of the building for today, evidence that the shrine was originally a two-story building. The shrine is 120 ft in length and 60 ft in width.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Lankathilaka Image House, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
The Lankathilaka Image House (loosely translating as the “Beauty of Lanka”) is now in ruin, but even these are most spectacular, showing us a glimpse of the royal vision of Parakramabahu of Polonnaruwa in creating a new Sri Lanka from the ashes of the heavily divided, war-torn country that he came to rule. The outer walls of this shrine are incredibly thick stone and brick structures. They are wonderfully carved with eye-popping details of palaces and gods on the lowermost corners close to the ground and in other areas. Each of these impressive carvings is carefully incised into the smooth stone. Each detail perfectly three-dimensional due to the light and shadow that plays on them. The whole structure-at the back at least-is a built in the form of a rectangle. In fact in terms of the building’s floor plan, it is highly geometric and sharp-edged in form. All that is left behind is the lowermost floor of the building. But even it is an artistic and architectural marvel. Seventeen free-standing columns supported the upper story of the construction. Above that was a large roof, probably with wooden beams and tiling.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nissanka Latha Mandapaya, Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka
Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is a square building with fine rock cut railing g going all around lying the Dalada Maluwa area of the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa. This building has been built by king Nissanka Malla (1187-1196). The most important feature of this building is the shape and the carvings of the stone pillars. These pillars are carved in the shape of a lotus stem and are curved in three places. The top of the pillars take form of a lotus flower. On the center is a small Stupa. The whole building is surrounded by a fence made out of stone.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at a 3-star hotel

Day 2: Polonnaruwa - Kaudulla - Colombo

Stop At: Kaudulla National Park, Galoya Road, Habarana 51375 Sri Lanka
Kaudulla National Park, 6,900 hectares in extent, is one of the more recently established National Parks in Sri Lanka. It is situated 197 km from the City of Colombo, in the North Central Province, just 30km away from Polonnaruwa. The wildlife sanctuary was designated a National Park in 2002 and serves as a elephant corridor for migrating Elephants from Minneriya and Wasgamuwa National Parks in the north central and the Somawathiya National Park in the north east regions. Kaudulla is historically important as it is one of the famed 16 irrigation tanks built by King Mahasen in 1959. The park mainly consists of a mix of dry scrub forest and grasslands. The tank which dominates the background of the Park is an important meeting place for hundreds of species of wildlife which popularly includes hundreds of Elephants who come to water at the reservoir, especially during the dry seasons. Others include 24 species of mammals such as Sambar deer, Axis deer, Monkeys, Wild boar, Chevrotain, Sloth bear and the more elusive Leopard and Grey slender loris. Birdlife International has recognized Kaudula National Park as an important bird are
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Details

Included
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water - 1 liter per person
  • Entry/Admission - Gal Vihara
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Hatadage
  • Entry/Admission - Polonnaruwa Vatadage
  • Accommodation included: 1 night
  • Entry/Admission - Nissanka Latha Mandapaya
  • Kaudulla Safari
  • 2x Lunch
  • 1x Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Lankathilaka Image House
  • Entry/Admission - Kaudulla National Park
  • 1x Breakfast
Not Included
  • WiFi on board
  • Restroom on board
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up all travelers from any hotel in Negombo or Colombo

Airports

  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka


7:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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