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Half-day private tour

By Nihal

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You want to be able to explore places of interest at your own pace, but not without the knowledge and stories of your trustworthy local guides.


Less than 1 day
Private trip
Spend half a day with Nihal exploring, and learning about, the UNESCO ancient capital of the Sinhala Kingdom. It's completely flexible - you can decide what time to start and where to go, or you can ask Nihal to plan it out for you. Whether you want to explore all the must-sees, or see some of the hidden gems in Polonnaruwa, Nihal has you covered. The must-sees include: the statue of the king and old library, the beautifully preserved royal palace, the Hatadage, Rankoth Vehera (the largest stupa in the city), the Buddhist university complex and Gal Vihara.
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What's included

US$ 49 8,899.79 LKR per person
  • Entrance Tickets
  • Bikes or tuk tuk (if required!)*
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Professional Guide 
  • Pick-up and drop-off from your hotel in Polonnaruwa**
  • <small>*If you require a car to get around Polonnaruwa, we can also arrange this for an additional charge of US $40
  • **If you would like to do this trip as a day trip from Kandy, we can also arrange this for an additional charge of US $60
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The timing is flexible. See 'Other Notes' for more details
Your hotel in Polonnaruwa
The timing is flexible. See 'Other Notes' for more details
Your hotel in Polonnaruwa
Other Notes

Pick-up and drop-off timings are flexible, though we would recommend 7am for morning starts, and 3pm for afternoon starts, when the weather is cooler.


Trips available daily
Mar 01
Mar 02
Mar 03
Mar 04
Mar 05
Mar 06
Bookings should be made at least 7 days in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.

Meet your guide


Nihal is a certified professional guide. We tried out lots of guides in Polonnaruwa, and Nihal was the best guide that we met! Nihal is a wonderful guide, and his stories about the ancient city make the ruins speak volumes. He is proud to call Polonnaruwa his hometown, and loves to share the history of this ancient Sri Lankan kingdom with his guests.
Fluent English

Nihal Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Nihal pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
Clothing that cover your knees and shoulders (as some of the ruins of the Ancient City are sacred)
Comfortable walking shoes

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