Hotel Sudu Araliya

New Town, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

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Hotel Sudu Araliya
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    warm hospitality


    If there's a hotel I have loved to bits in Sri Lanka, this hotel is the one! Not only because it had a nice comfortable room, but also for its surroundings... It's set in a huge tropical garden, with plenty of colourful flowers and little paths, and it's also on the shore of a very lanrge man-made lake, the 'Parakrma Samudraya'. What else? They Ayurvedic centre... one of the best I have found.

    Unique Quality: A lovely spacious room - with nice furniture and a very useful TV set... with english-speaking channels! Very rare. Pricewise: 60 dollars for a double, including breakfast and dinner.

    Directions: on the shore of the 'Parakrma Samudraya'

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Accommodation in Polonnaruwa

by caroline975

I wish to find some nice accommodation in Polonnaruwa. I have read reviews of the bigger hotels (e.g. Royal Lotus, Rest house, Sudu Araliya) but they are not very good - the hotels sound tired and the service is bad. I would therefore like to find a nice guesthouse with nice rooms and hot water. Could anyone recommend one?

Many thanks,


RE: Accommodation in Polonnaruwa

by Tamara12

hi ya Caroline, i've lived in Sri Lanka for years, and was born there. Polunarruwa, is a very anciant old town, the 'big hotels' would be your best bet, as you wont get anything better if you go to a guest house?

there wont be five star service in this part of Sri Lanka. we stayed at a nice guest house... i will check what it was called, and get back to you on wednesday.

big rooms, good food, and hot water!

RE: RE: Accommodation in Polonnaruwa

by Oscar_Nonis

You can find 5 star and very expensive hotels in Polonnaruwa.

Rest house is government own, Sudu Araliya is nice and cheap, Royal Lotus also fine. Polonnaruwa is one of developed area with ancient culture and people.

I stay 3 times at Sudu Araliya. If you need further info dont hesitate to contact me.


Travel Tips for Polonnaruwa

Cultural Triangle Ticket

by hydronetta

Polonnaruwa is included in the Cultural triangle Ticket which represents a good value to get rather than paying for each site separately.
This cost around 40$ (!!) and covers six sights (Anuradhapura, Sigirirya, Polonnaruwa, Nalanda, Medirigiriya, Ritigala BUT NOT Dambulla caves and certainly NOT the temple of the tooth in Kandy.
The ticket is valid for 14 days from the date of first use and within 3 months of purchase. Unfortunately (again) it is valid for a single and NOT multiple entries in one sight.

Polonnaruwa in a nutshell

by call_me_rhia

Polonnaruwa is located in the north-central part of Sri Lanka. It is an ancient Ceylonese capital - possibly the most beautiful of them all. It became the residence of Ceylon's kings in 368 A.D and for about one thousand years it remained the country's "capital". My fondest memory is just about anything I saw. The Gal Viharaya was just as impressive as it looked on postcards, and the same goes for the huge Gedige Lankathilaka. The quadrangle is a concentration of beauty - and so is the Royal Citadel. And what about the strange animals we saw while visiting these old temples?

Polonnaruwa or Anuradhapura?

by hydronetta

If you have limited time to spend sightseeing around Sri Lanka, a question rises: Should someone visit Polonnaruwa and/or Anuradhapura.
The answer is simple: if you are a fan of ancient history then both sites are a must to visit in order to have a complete idea of Sri Lankan history. If you prefer to take a just a glimpse of antique Sinhalese history, then choose Polonnaruwa. Here the monuments are more impressive and area is more easy to walk around. Nevertheless Polonnaruwa can’t surpass Anuradhapura in religious importance for Buddhist.

bare your feet

by call_me_rhia

When you are visiting the temples - if you stay on the fild - or in some buildings that were not sacred (the library, the royal palace, the meeting hall) - you can keep your shoes on. As soon as you are visiting a sacred place, however, you'll see a sign asking you to remove your shoes in sign of respect. If you think the ground is going to be too hot, bring some socks. if you think you'll get bored taking off your shoes all the time, bring some sandals.

Parakrma Samudraya

by call_me_rhia

The Parakrma Samudraya is a lake -in fact it's the largest man-made lake in Sri Lanka. it's not just a simple lake - however - it's an historic lake built by King Parakrama the Great (Parakramabahu I) during the time of Polonnaruwa's golden age. Back then it was even more important than it is today: it provided water for acres and acres of cultivated land: 18,200 acres of land to be precise. More numbers? It was built by merging 5 minor lakes into 1; 1000 men were employed in its construction and it took 12 years to be built. Today it's still used for irrigation purposes, but it's also a well-known spot for birdwatchers.


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Address: New Town, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka