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Polonnaruwa

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  • Day99

    Arriving in Polonnaruwa

    August 26 in Sri Lanka

    We leave Lila's beach birthday towards part of what they some times refer to the 'cultural triangle' of Sri Lanka. After what Jean described as the craziest bus trip he's ever taken, we arrive next to the lake of this old city. The area is surrounded by many national parks and we see some elephants in the distance across the lake. We decide to stop for some ice cream by the lake before working out that Google maps doesn't know you can't just take the roads in the old city without a ticket.Read more

  • Day5

    Das Sightseeing geht weiter

    March 4 in Sri Lanka

    Auch heute starteten wir wieder früh in den Tag, um weiter nördlich nach Polonnaruwa zu fahren. Die alte Königstadt ist heute mit seinen Überresten an Tempeln und Gartenanlagen als archäologischer Park angelegt und zählt zu den UNESCO-Weltkulturerben. Da wir am gestrigen Tag nicht überzeugt waren von der Tuk-Tuk-Anreise, entschieden wir uns dazu den Bus zu nehmen. Eigentlich klappte alles ganz gut, wir kamen eben nur deutlich später an als geplant, da der Bus zwischendrin immer unerklärliche Stopps einlegte. Heute waren wir ausnahmsweise auch mal zu dritt unterwegs. Michael, der in derselben Unterkunft schlief, schloss sich uns an. Um den großen Park zu erkunden, wird empfohlen, sich Räder zu mieten. Gesagt, getan und es kann losgehen. Da wir erst am späten Vormittig im Park ankamen, gerieten wir leider direkt in die Mittagshitze, da war der Fahrtwind beim Radeln ganz angenehm. Die Ruinen der Tempel und Buddha-Statuen waren wirklich beeindruckend und teilweise noch richtig gut erhalten. Aufgrund der Weitläufigkeit und der Hitze war der Tag aber ziemlich kräfteraubend. Abends wieder angekommen, gingen wir mit Michael nur noch schnell was essen, bevor wir müde ins Bett fielen.Read more

  • Day4

    Ruinen und Affen

    November 14, 2017 in Sri Lanka

    Ruinen-Hopping in Polonnarruwa - einer alten Ruinen-Stadt... lange vergessen und erst 1846 von einem Engländer wieder entdeckt. Seitdem Instand gehalten so gut es ging.

    Sehr heilige Tempel und Statuen und ein extrem weitläufiges Areal. Mit 2h Anfahrt unser bisher längster Ausflug.

  • Day23

    Polonnaruwa

    July 11 in Sri Lanka

    lecker Frühstück#mit den Drahteseln zu den Ruinen#interessant#Barfuss#schönes Wetter#Hundebabys#lazy Monkeys#Erfrischungsdusche#Express Bus#voller Bus#Kalkudah#nice Hostel#Willkommensdrink#Terasse#Spaziergang zum Meer#schöner Strand#Kuh am Meer#Sunset#gutes Essen#

  • Day37

    Ancient Polonnaruwa

    December 19, 2016 in Sri Lanka

    Polonnaruwa has been a major religious site, city and, for a few hundred years, the capital of a now long-gone empire. During its approximately 2500 year history it's seen many changes and developments, leaving behind a plethora of remains.

    Polonnaruwa area contains just under 30 different main structures, ranging from small temples to 50 foot high solid brick Stupas, surrounded by innumerable smaller buildings whose only lasting remains are their foundations. Impressively one stupa still has it's original lime plaster intact, unscathed despite centuries of jungle growth on and around it.

    All can be seen in a day, with a lot of tourists opting to cycle around them given their relatively close proximity, however as Beth didn't want to go through a crash course we felt most comfortable walking around them. This wasn't the wisest decision, but I'll come to that later on!

    From our past experiences of ancient temples like Angkor in Cambodia, we had high expectations of what are considered to be the best temples in Sri Lanka. People we've spoken with rate them very highly and some of the photos we'd seen made them look absolutely incredible!

    We made an early start for the southern group of temples, in fact just one temple and a carved stone Buddha. It was a great introduction to the ruins, however it was a 45 minute walk to get to them, made longer by the monsoon rains we had to keep hiding from and the humidity was getting higher by the minute! Today we'd learnt our lesson though and were prepared for the rain with coats and an umbrella, but it didn't stop us still getting pretty damp by the time we were back at the main entrance and museum.

    At that point we realised it wasn't going to be possible to walk the remaining temples - partly due to the distances involved but the main reason being we couldn't avoid the rains all day unless we had more cover, so we hired a tuk tuk and driver for the rest of the day.

    As we went from structure to structure the rain didn't abate, meaning we were able to get only glimpses of the ruins from under the umbrella. We still made our way around the sites and we saw all of them that we had hoped to by about 3pm. The museum had helped us to imagine what the area would have been like before the jungle reclaimed the land surrounding the sites, with thousands of people living and working in the area. We found ourselves thinking 'if these bricks could talk; the stories they'd tell.'

    Frustratingly the rain had changed from heavy downpours to a constant deluge, leaving us diving in and out of the tuk tuk and overall it did take away from the experience as we weren't able to walk around some of the sites fully, take as many photos as we'd have liked or to simply amble around as we hoped we would. The day was still filled with impressive sights and it was enjoyable all the same, but won't hold a top spot in our minds we don't think, but perhaps with different weather we may have thought differently.

    A further 65 miles north would have taken us to another site of ancient temples at Anuradhapura, however the monsoon rains had a strong hold there and we'd heard that the sites were somewhat underwhelming compared with Polonnaruwa so instead we opted to travel 9 hours south by train.

    With the temperature back above 30C and the sun visible in the sky again, the thought of rain was long gone out of our mind as we arrived in Bentota.

    Phil
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  • Day2

    Polonnaruwa

    December 22, 2014 in Sri Lanka

    Erste Station in Polonnaruwa ist eine überlebensgroße Statue von Parakramabahu I., dem großen Singhalesenkönig. Was er in den Händen hält ist ungeklärt. Man nimmt an, es sei ein Palmblattmanuskript, ein Symbol für die Klugheit.

    Ein sehr fotogener Hirtenmaina... :-)

  • Day2

    Royal Palace

    December 22, 2014 in Sri Lanka

    Unter den wachsamen Blicken der allgegenwärtigen Ceylon-Hutaffen betreten wir den ehemaligen Palastbezirk Polonnaruwas, natürlich im Regen. Der Palast von Parakramabahu ist unser erstes Ziel.

    Von dem einst angeblich 7 Stockwerke hohen Gebäude stehen heute nur noch die Ziegelmauern der ersten zwei Ebenen. Eine Galerie umgibt den ehemaligen Palast.

  • Day2

    Ratshalle

    December 22, 2014 in Sri Lanka

    Durch knöcheltiefes Wasser - ein Hoch auf die Trekkingsandalen, aus denen das Wasser wieder herausläuft - waten wir zum nächsten Ziel: der Ratshalle von Parakramabahu, der das Land von 1153 bis 1186 regierte.

    Die Ratshalle ist mit Friesen aus Elefanten und Löwen gesäumt. Steinerne Löwen bewachen den Aufgang zum Audienzsaal.

    Am Fuße der Treppe findet sich der obligatorische Mondstein, ein prächtig verzierter halbmondförmiger Stein direkt vor der Treppe. Die Säulen haben wohl einst ein Holzdach getragen.Read more

  • Day2

    Kumara Pokuna

    December 22, 2014 in Sri Lanka

    Trotz Regen begeistert von der alten Königsstadt stapfen wir durch die Zitadelle zu unserem nächsten Ziel:

    Dem Kumara Pokuna - dem Königsbad! Auch hier findet sich ein Mondstein, am Eingang zum Bassin. Das Königsbad ist Teil des ehemaligen königlichen Lustgartens. In der Mitte standen einst 4 Löwen.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Polonnaruwa, Горад Паланарува, Polonnâruvâ, Polonnaruva, ポロンナルワ, პოლონარუვა, Polonaruva, പൊളന്നറുവ, पोलोननरुवा, Cidade Antiga de Polonnaruva, Полоннарува, පොළොන්නරුව, பொலன்னறுவை, 波隆納魯沃

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