Best Things To Do in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Whether you're visiting Polonnaruwa for a few days or are a localite, Polonnaruwa is sure to have something new for you. Explore our guide that tells you about the best tourist places to visit and things to do in Polonnaruwa. This guide will give you an idea about the popular attractions, upcoming tourist spots, and off-beat things to do in Polonnaruwa. This makes it easy to plan weekends or long vacations in Polonnaruwa. We have compiled this cool stuff to do in Polonnaruwa keeping in mind the points of interest for families, groups, and romantic couples. Looking at the activities for adventure junkies in Polonnaruwa listed here will get the blood rushing and adrenaline pumping through your veins.

Check out free places to visit in Polonnaruwa which you can visit without spending a penny. Handpicked tours, day trips, and excursions in Polonnaruwa will make your visit comfortable. You will also find the opening and closing time, along with the time required to cover major attractions. This will help you to have a flawless plan without much hassle. We have also included eateries in Polonnaruwa recommended by locals.

Tourist Attractions in Polonnaruwa

Take a look at these famous tourist attractions in Polonnaruwa that are a must-visit!

  1. #1 of 23 Things To Do in Polonnaruwa
    - Used in 448 itineraries
    Nissanka Latha Mandapaya

    Tags: Historical Site

    Address: Sacred square, Ancient city, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Nissanka Latha Mandapaya is a square building with excellent rock cutting railing design in the old city of Polonnaruwa. This unique structure was built by King Nissaka Malla in Dalada Maluva area whi...Read more

  2. #2 of 23 Things To Do in Polonnaruwa
    - Used in 179 itineraries
    Thivanka Image House Image
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    Address: Thivanka Pilimage Rd, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

    The Thivanka Pilimage was built in the 12th century by King Parakramabahu as part of the Jethavanarama Complex. Here you will find three large images of Buddha and hence the name ‘Thivanka&rsquo...Read more

  3. #3 of 23 Things To Do in Polonnaruwa
    - Used in 57 itineraries
    Lankatilaka Vihara Image
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    Address: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

    Lankatilaka Vihara is a beautiful ancient Gedige type large image that was built by King Parakramabahu. The structure has two pylons at the entrance and houses a giant Buddha statue inside. The statue...Read more

  4. #4 of 23 Things To Do in Polonnaruwa
    - Used in 86 itineraries
    Kiri Vehera Image
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    Tags: Religious Site

    Address: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

    The Kiri Vehera is one of the most beautiful stupas in the country and is located in Kataragama, Sri Lanka. The stupa is believed to be built by King Mahasena and dates back to the 6th century. Kiri V...Read more

  5. #5 of 23 Things To Do in Polonnaruwa
    - Used in 501 itineraries
    Gal Vihara

    Tags: Statue, Leisure

    Address: Nissankamallapura, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Gal Vihara, also known as Gal Viharya was previously called Uttararama. It is a part of the Polonnaruwa Park and one of the most popular tourist attractions of the Central Province in Sri Lanka. As yo...Read more

  6. #6 of 23 Things To Do in Polonnaruwa
    - Used in 193 itineraries
    Angammedilla National Park

    Tags: National Park

    Address: Sri Lanka

    Angammedilla National Park, Polonnaruwa is a mix of dry-evergreen forest in Sri Lanka. Though not a very big forest, it boasts of a huge variety of flora and fauna. If you are looking for places to sp...Read more

  7. #7 of 23 Things To Do in Polonnaruwa
    - Used in 469 itineraries
    Lotus Pond Image
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    Address: Thivanka Pilimage Rd, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Also called the Nelum Pokuna, the Lotus Pond at Polonnaruwa is a beautiful historical monument. Found close to King Parakramabahu’s palace, the Lotus Pond is a small stone bath featuring tiers o...Read more

  8. #8 of 23 Things To Do in Polonnaruwa
    - Used in 39 itineraries
    Somawathiya Stupa

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

    Nestled in the closeness of nature is the Buddhist temple Somawathiya Stupa. A trip to this temple will fill you with a feeling of calmness. Believers have the opinion that this place is truly blessed...Read more

  9. #9 of 23 Things To Do in Polonnaruwa
    - Used in 108 itineraries
    Demala Maha Seya

    Tags: Religious Site

    Address: Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

    Demala Maha Seya is an enormous uncompleted Stupa located in Polonnaruwa.It is called ‘Demala’ as it has two levels. The construction was started by king Parakramabahu between 1153 and 118...Read more