Travel Guide to Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka -2020​


History of Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa is the Island’s 2nd largest kingdom and it was established by the Cholas as capital city under the name Jananathapuram in the 10th century. Under this period systematic destruction of the Buddhist civilisation took place in the northern plains of Sri Lanka. Raja Raja Chola I built Vanavan Mahadevisvaram, a Shiva temple at Polonnaruwa named after his queen, which presently is known as Siva Devale. The temple among other contained Ganesa and Parvati statues of north and central parts of Sri Lanka was under this period ruled under Rajendra Chola I directly as a Chola province. However, following the year 1070 AD ended the Chola rule in the island, and Polonnaruwa was captured by Vijayabahu I of Polonnaruwa also known as Vijayabahu the great.

polonnaruwa archaeological museum

Trade and agriculture flourished under the patronage of the famous grand son of king Vijayabahu I of Polonnaruwa, king Prakramabahu the great, who was so adamant that no drop of water falling from the heavens was to be wasted and each was to be used toward the development of the land. Hence, irrigation systems that are far superior to those of the Anuradhapura Age were constructed during Parakramabahu’s reign – systems which to this day supply the water necessary for paddy cultivation during the scorching dry season in the east of the country. The greatest of these systems is the Parakrama Samudra or the Sea of Parakrama which were also used as a large sea going ship anchorage via Mahaweli River. The Kingdom of Polonnaruwa was completely self-sufficient during King Parakramabahu’s reign.

with the exception of his immediate successor, Nissankamalla I, all other monarchs of Polonnaruwa were slightly weak-willed and rather prone to picking fights within their own court.[citation needed] They also went on to form more intimate matrimonial alliances with stronger South Indian kingdoms until these matrimonial links superseded the local royal lineage. This prompted an invasion by the Aryacakravarti dynasty war load Kalinga Magha in 1214, who saw the complete destruction of the metropolises of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa by burning. Kalinga Magha by the time of his defeat had destroyed the Buddhist civilization in north of Sri Lanka.


Geography of Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa is a main town of Polonnaruwa District. It is approximately 226 kilometers south of Colombo and the new town of Kaduruwela, and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

How to Reach Polonnaruwa by Bus?

Generally, buses from Colombo and Anuradhapura starts it will take you to Polonnaruwa If you journey from Colombo, it will take around 6 hours and 30 min to reach Polonnaruwa. On the other hand, if you take the Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa bus route, it will take around 5 hours as well.

How to Reach Polonnaruwa by Train ?

Take bus 187 From Airport to Colombo “Fort Railway Station” for around 100 Rupees. You can purchase a 2nd or 3rd class ticket to Polonnaruwa when you arrive at the railway station the cost will be 2 to 4 $ and it will take 6 hours and 25 min to reach Polonnaruwa. Don’t expect to get a seat on this train as they are generally always packed.

How to reserve railway ticket in Sri Lanka

Visiting Railway Stations from 30 days before the date of the journey.

Contact Person – Station Superintendent/ Station Master

  1. Colombo Fort Railway Station (Reservation Office) – 011-2432908
  2. Kandy Railway Station           – 081-2222271
  3. Anuradhapura Railway Station – 025-2222271
  4. Vauniya Railway Station         – 024-2222271
  5. Jaffna Railway Station           – 021-2222271

Polonnaruwa weather

What is the Weather in Polonnaruwa?

Polonnaruwa weather is tropical in nature and it is influenced by monsoon winds. All most all the year, this place has a temperature is usually hot and humid throughout the year average temperature 20°C and 30°C. the coldest month is January average temperature is 25°C to 21°C.

Best time to visit Polonnaruwa

April through September with average temperature the hottest time of the year May, June and July, with the highest being 35.3°C in the latter half of May; and night temperature is 26°C roughly.

Annual Rainfall in Polonnaruwa

Southwest Monsoon Season

May to October; Almost 400mm although the rain does not stay for long, the storms appear strongest during May. The temperature drops in Polonnaruwa as the season progresses; from 29°C in May it falls and fluctuates between 26°C to 28°C in October. Polonnaruwa receives less than seven hours of sunshine each day during the season.

First Inter-Monsoon Season

October to November; Polonnaruwa receives an exceptionally high level of rainfall. Throughout the season it witnesses storms, sudden, and violent wind.

Northeast monsoon season

December to March. The level of rainfall reduces gradually and the city has more hours of sunshine. The average high temperature climbs again and stays at 30°C.


Second Inter-Monsoon Season

March to mid-May. Clear skies and a great level of sunshine can be expected during this season, although heavy showers can occur.

11 Places to visit in Polonnaruwa & Around 2020

1. The Royal Palace
2. The Audience Hall
3. The Shiva Devale No. 2
4. Swimming Pool
5. The Sacred Quadrangle
6. The Dagaba Kiri Vihara
7. The Pabalu Vehera
8. The Buddha statue at Lankatilaka
9. Buddha Figures at Gal Vihara
10. The Rankot Vihara
11. Polonnaruwa Tank

Polonnaruwa Map