Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa

A UNESCO heritage site with a population of monkeys

Once a capital of the historic kingdom of Polonnaruwa, the present-day city has been classified as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The ancient city is one of the best planned archaeological relic sites in the country, standing testimony to the discipline and greatness of the Kingdom’s first rulers. Another draw for tourists is the city’s population of toque macaques. The monkeys have been living in the ruins since human occupation and continued to thrive here long after the humans left.

Image credits: Indi Samarajiva, CC-BY-2.0

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