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SRI LANKA - Amanwella resort

Polonnaruwa

The extraordinary ancient city of Polonnaruwa was the island's medieval capital between the 11th and 13th century. Built alongside a huge man-made lake (referred to as a sea in Sinhala), there is an outstanding collection of well-preserved remains of palaces, bathing pools, stupas and exquisite rock sculptures of the Buddha, all testifying to its brief but brilliant period as the island's capital. The Archaeological Museum is a must-see and also holds a fine collection of bronzes and sculptures - many are elaborately carved images of Hindu deities, testifying to the overwhelming Indian influence in the city's culture.

To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.

Bill Bryson