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Sri Lanka
North Central
North Central Province
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Key places to visit
Arugam Bay, Parakarma Samudra, Royal Citadel, Gal Vihara, Vata-Da-Ge, Hatadage, Lotus Pond


Places to Visit

Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay is located 3km off the fishing hamlet of Pottuvil. The site is known for long beach stretches and a wide lagoon where numerous bird species live. It was a popular surfer's destination before deteriorating law and order made the place unsafe for traveling.

Parakarma Samudra: Parakarma Samudra is a man made irrigation tank spread over an area of 5940 acres, built by the King Parakramabahu. It is one of the most striking features of Polonnurawa.

Royal Citadel: The Citadel housed the palace and the administrative buildings of King Prakramabahu who ruled in12th century AD and is enclosed by a huge rampart more than a metre thick. It is an impressive building with fine stone carvings. The Royal Bath is outside the rampart with a flight of steps leading to it. The beautiful bath is made of stone with a small pavilion probably used as a changing room.

Gal Vihara: It is a rock cut Buddhist shrine dating back to 12th century AD. It contains magnificent images of Buddha carved out of stone.

Vata-Da-Ge: A circular relic chamber built enclosing a dagoba that had been a popular architectural style in ancient Sri Lanka.

Hatadage: A relic chamber built by King Parakramabahu I to house the sacred Tooth Relic.

Lotus Pond: A stone pond built in the shape of a lotus flower in eight parallel tiers probably to provide seating to the monks while bathing.

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