The UNESCO city of Polonnaruwa was once the thriving commercial and religious centre of Sri Lanka some 800 years ago. For three centuries, it was the royal capital of both the Chola and Sinhalese kingdoms, and many majestic ruins remain today. Travellers prefer it to the other ancient city of Anuradhapura as the ruins here are better maintained.
After months of lockdown in Sri Lanka, operations in Polonnaruwa have resumed under strict health guidelines that visitors must follow. Domestic travellers and ex-pats living in Sri Lanka are allowed to visit Polonnaruwa historical monuments.
Sri Lanka is expecting to open borders to international travellers from August 1, 2020. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates if the opening date were to change.