Polonnaruwa is the second-largest kingdom in Sri Lanka . One of the best-planned archaeological relic sites in the nation, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa still stands as a testament to the might and discipline of the Kingdom’s founding monarchs.. UNESCO has designated the historic city of Polonnaruwa as a World Heritage site. The modern town of Polonnaruwa is also known as New Town, and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains as the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa was first established as a military post by the Sinhalese kingdom. It was renamed Jananathamangalam by the Chola dynasty after their successful invasion of the country’s then capital, Anuradhapura, in the 10th century. The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site.
Minneriya National Park is a renowned wildlife sanctuary located in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province. Spanning approximately 8,889 hectares, the park is famous for its spectacular elephant gatherings, known as “The Gathering.” This annual event occurs during the dry season, from June to September, when hundreds of elephants congregate near the Minneriya Tank.
The park’s diverse ecosystems encompass lush grasslands, scrublands, and wetlands. The centerpiece is the ancient Minneriya Tank, built in the 3rd century AD, which serves as a vital water source for wildlife.