A brief look

After the collapse of Anuradhapura, it was here that ancient Sri Lanka formed its empire. The kingdom lasted from the tenth through the thirteenth centuries. This historic city is a treasure trove of magnificent stone structures from its glory days. The city boasts a richness of Brahmanic monuments since it was the sovereign kingdom of both Sinhala monarchs and Chola conquerors. Hundreds of Polonnaruwa temple remnants are dispersed across the archaeological site. The kings also erected massive reservoirs and water tanks in the area. It is one of the country's major paddy farmers. The fact that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site attests to its vast and colorful past.

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