Polonnaruwa

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The medieval capital city of the island. Polonnaruwa. After the demise of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa became the capital city from 11th to the 13th century. Here you will see both Buddhist and Hindu Temples l ocated close to one another indicating the harmony that existed between the both Sinhalese and South Indian Tamil kings who lived in this city. Parakramabahu the great, the Sinhala hero-king ruled this Kingdom for 30 years. His wise rule brought back stability and strength to the country and as conqueror he captured kingdoms from south India and as far as Cambodia. This period another golden era of the country with great achievements in huge man made reservoirs and other architectural wonders. The many sights will include; Vajayanta Prasada - The Royal Palace, the ruins presently retaining three stories, this grand place was 7 stories high with the rest of the complex spread through a large area. Kumara Pokuna the large Royal Bath built of stone in the kings pleasure gardens.