Sri Lanka
Polonnaruwa Sanctuary

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  • Day4

    Ruinen und Affen

    November 14, 2017 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌬 29 °C

    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.Read more

  • Day99

    Arriving in Polonnaruwa

    August 26, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☁️ 33 °C

    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

  • Day2

    Shiva Devale

    December 22, 2014 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Auf dem ganzen Gelände der Zitadelle finden sich unzählige Familien der Ceylon-Hutaffen, die wirklich malerisch in den Bäumen für uns posieren.

    Verlässt man die Zitadelle durch das Nordtor, so stößt man auf den Shiva Devale, ein dem Gott Shiva geweihten Hindutempel.

    Die Statuen des Tempels sind alle fast vollständig verschwunden, es findet sich aber bis heute der Lingam, das Phallussymbol des Gottes Shiva.
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  • Day2


    December 22, 2014 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Der nächste Halt ist das Heilige Viereck, Dalada Maluwa, wörtlich "Zahn-Platz". Da der heilige Zahn das entscheidende Symbol der Königswürde war, finden sich hier die Zahntempel verschiedener Könige.

    Der Rundbau Vatadage ist der Zahntempel von Parakramabahu. 4 Buddhas haben jeweils ihren eigenen Aufgang und ihren eigenen Mondstein.

    Auch wenn es unglaublich nass ist und die meditierenden Buddhas als Vogeltränke dienen... die Anlage des Vatadage nimmt uns direkt gefangen und lässt uns ergriffen darum herum wandern.
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  • Day2

    Dalada Maluwa

    December 22, 2014 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Ein weiteres Highlight sind zweifellos die schwarzgesichtigen Hanuman-Languren, die im Heiligen Viereck zuhause sind. Benannt sind sie nach dem General der Affen, Hanuman, der eine zentrale Rolle im indischen Epos Ramayana spielt.Read more

  • Day2

    Gal Pota & Satmahal Pasada

    December 22, 2014 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Am nordöstlichen Rand des Heiligen Vierecks findet sich das Gal Pota, das Steinbuch, in das die Ruhmestaten des Nissanka Malla graviert sind, und das Satmahal Pasada, ein siebenstöckiger Bau, der Einflüsse aus dem Khmer-Reich zeigt.Read more

  • Day37

    Ancient Polonnaruwa

    December 19, 2016 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    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.

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