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.
Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, 'I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.Lisa St. Aubin de Teran