Having served as the nation’s capital for over three centuries, the Polonnaruwa kingdom is no less impressive today than it was during its golden era. As a significant location in the country’s Cultural Triangle and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this ancient city is home to countless iconic Buddhist shrines as well as stone sculptures revered the world over. From exploring the Gal Viharaya and the Royal Palace to the Sacred Quadrangle, visitors staying at hotels near Polonnaruwa have much to discover.