Polonnaruwa Day Tour

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Polonnaruwa Day Tour

Polonnaruwa Day Tour

Departing and returning to Kandy

The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated Chola invaders in 1070 to reunite the country once more under a local leader. A day tour to Polonnaruwa enables you to explore many ruins of ancient palaces and Buddhist Temples built by the King's of Sri Lanka. Focal point of Polonnaruwa day tour is "Gal Viharaya", meaning Stone Monastery where you could witness the ancient carvings of Lord Buddhaa's Sitting, sleeping and standing postures. Other important monuments you would explore during Polonnaruwa day tour from Kandy are Rankoth Vehera, Hetadage, Nissanka Latha Mandapaya and statue of King Parakramabahu. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.

In the late afternoon, before heading back to Kandy, you will be taking part in a guided private safari in Minneriya National Park to see wild Elephants in their natural habitat. Minneriya National Park is considered one of the best places to see large herds of Elephants.


  • Pick up from Kandy Hotel and transfer to Polonnaruwa - Approximately 3 1/2 Hours
  • Visit Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO world heritage site. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms which is now ruined and included many palaces and temples
  • Lunch at a recommended restaurant
  • Transfer to Minneriya National Park - Approximately 45 minutes drive
  • Afternooon safari at Minneriya National Park
  • Transfer to Kandy Hotel - Approximately 2 1/2 Hours

for a car or minivan (maximum 6 passengers)

US$ 205

Polonnaruwa Day Tour
Polonnaruwa Day Tour

for a mini coach (maximum 10 passengers)

US$ 211

Polonnaruwa Day Tour

We can tailor this trip to suit your requirements

Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation

The rate includes,

  • Kandy - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Kandy transfers in an air conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver
  • All Taxes

The above rates does not include the followings, you may purchase them on your own if required. Our chauffeur will help you in the process,

  • Entry fees for the mentioned attractions and activities
  • Meals or refreshments
  • Specialist guide’s fee

Places of visit during this trip

  • Polonnaruwa ancient city
  • Minneriya safari game drive