Ancient Ruins of the city of Polonnaruwa
Trip Start Nov 08, 2012
16Trip End Dec 10, 2012
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Polonnaruwa was the capital of the country in the 11th - 13th century; early medieval times. How could these civilizations thousands of years ago build such marvels of architecture and irrigation? The city was "lost" (to Europeans at least) and not uncovered from its almost impenetrable undergrowth until 1820 as the British made their way from Kandy to the port of Trimcomolee on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.
Also uncovered at that time was the temple called Val Vihara which was a massive granite slab with beautiful carvings of Buddha. The main carving of Buddha sleeping was the most beautiful I had ever seen. The setting was serene and I actually felt the sacredness of the surrounds.