The Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu

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Timings : 8:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Entry Fee : Foreigners: Adults- 25 USD, Kids-12.5 USD; Indians and locals: Free

The royal palace of king Parakramabahu, Polonnaruwa Overview

Constructed under the reign of King Mahaparakram Bahu between the years 1153 to 1186, the striking Royal Palace stands as the emblem of grandeur in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. The Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu is a place of great historical importance, the reason why it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in the year 1982.

Historical books claim that the palace constructed in the 10th century once held seven stories along with 1000 chambers, but the ruins now have only 55 halls and three floors which implies that the top four floors may have been constructed with wood.

Outside the citadel, one can visit the Royal bath or Kumar Pokuna which was designed such that it received water from the adjacent water source. Apart from the royal bath, the Council Chamber of king Parakrambahu is also an essential part of the palace premises.

A visit to this paradigm of luxury is both thrilling and chilling as to how nothing escapes the wrath of time. A must visit for all those who appreciate the ancient architectural marvels.

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History

The city of Polonnaruwa was first established by the Chola Dynasty in the 10th century and then served as the 2nd capital of Sri Lanka from 1070 to 1310, Anuradhapura is the first. The city’s ancient value and the royal palace spreading over an area of 403 sq. meters makes it a significant tourist attraction in Polonnaruwa.

Tips

Carry Sri Lankan rupees as foreign currency isn’t accepted.

How To Reach The Royal Palace of King Parakramabahu

Hire a tuk-tuk from the clock tower on the main road or take a bus from the old fair junction bus stop. One will be dropped at the museum where the entry fee is paid to visit the ruins.

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