Biking around the ancient city of Polonnarowa, soaking in the calmness and great atmosphere is highly recommended when visiting Sri Lanka. Whether you like old ruins or not.
The ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa were a fortified capital in the 11th and 12th centuries, now consisting more than 30 historical buildings.
Just as we walked over to Gal Viharaya, a group of monks dressed in white started chanting in front of the reclining Buddha. Sitting down, relaxing and listening to their song blending with the sounds of birds, insects and monkeys, was a powerful experience.
After a day full of cultural impressions, it was the perfect break to sit at the patio at Rest House, enjoying an ice-cold beer, overlooking the mirroring lake.
At the end of the day, bike along the peaceful narrow road, with the lake on one side and the lush green rice fields on the other. Stopping on the way back to enjoy the sun setting at the other end of the lake, will make it a perfect day. In case you wonder; I really love sunsets!