Polonnaruwa

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
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Trip End Apr 05, 2009


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Saturday, July 19, 2008

EN:
We drove to Polonnaruwa right after visiting Sigiriya, our hotel was quite nice and overlooking lake. The main reason to come here was to visit the ruins of the second Sri Lanken capital, but we also managed to do a jeep safari on the Kaudulla Nature Reserve, which was actually the hightlight of our stay in Polonnaruwa. We saw a lot of wildlife and even managed to see a couple of herds of wild elephants.


The ruins of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, dating back to the 10th century, are also quite impressive and worth visiting. The Buddha statues carved in the rock, although smaller then we thought, were quite nice. It was really hot in Polonnaruwa.


PT:
Após visitarmos Sigiriya, dirigimo-nos a Polonnaruwa, onde ficamos num hotel bastante acolhedor e com vista sobre um lago. A principal razão que nos levou a Polonnaruwa foi visitar as ruínas da 2a capital histórica do Sri Lanka, mas acabamos por também fazer um curto safari de jipe (literalmente um Jeep, com umas boas décadas de uso) na Reserva Natural de Kaudulla, que acabou por ser o ponto alto da nossa estadia aqui. Vimos bastantes animais, incluindo 2 manadas de elefantes selvagens.


As ruínas da antiga cidade de Polonnaruwa, que datam do Sec. X, também são bastante interessantes e valem a pena visitar. Tinhamos bastante curiosidade em ver as estátuas de Buda talhadas na rocha que lá existem, e que apesar de bastante mais pequenas do que supunhamos, são bastante impressionantes.


CZ:
Hned po navsteve Sigigiye a vydatne snidani (po tom brzkem rannim vyslapu nam pekne vyhladlo) jsme se vydali do Polonnaruwy, coz byvalo 2. hlavni mesto Sri Lanky. Ubytovali jsme se v hotelu hned u jezera a narodniho parku Kaudulla, takze nam prislo jako dobry napad zabit odpoledne na safari. Pujcili jsme si jeep s ridicem a pozde odpoledne vyrazili. Safari bylo super, videli jsme spoustu zajimavych zivocichu vcetne slonu a opic atd.


Dalsi den rano nas cekali ruiny, ktere byli take uchvatne, ale safari bylo stejne lepsi. Starobyla Polonnaruwa byla postavena v 10. stoleti, takze uz z ni moc co do vysky nezbylo, ale zbytky zdi ruznych budov se tahnou stovky metru. Hned vedle jsou do skaly vytesane 3 sochy Budhy, ktere v pruvodci vypadaly mnohem vetsi, ale libily se nam stejne. :-) Jinak to byl asi nas nejvedrovejsi den od naseho odjezdu z Evropy.
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