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.
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 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".
Fondest memory: 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?