Nelum Pokuna II (Lotus Pond II) of Polonnaruwa Kingdom (නෙලුම් පොකුණ II)

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Polonnaruwa was the 2nd major kingdom of Sri Lanka which lasted from the 11th to 13th century. Scattered among the ruins of the kingdom, lies several granite ponds out of which the Kumara Pokuna and the Nelum Pokuna (Lotus Pond) are the most popular and frequented by all visitors to this ancient kingdom.

Mahawamsa, the great Chronicle of Sri Lanka, speaks of 8 lotus-shaped ponds which were built by King Parakramabahu. Some of these ponds have been discovered hidden in the jungle, buried in time. Department of Archaeology started restoration work on 2 more Lotus Ponds in 2019. They are named “Lotus Pond II” and “Lotus Pond III”.

Two more of these Lotus Ponds were discovered buried and hidden in the jungles of the Laksha Uyana reservation in Polonnaruwa. These have been respectively named “Lotus Pond II” (Nelum Pokuna II) and “Lotus Pond III” (Nelum Pokuna III).

“Lotus Pond II” (Nelum Pokuna II) and “Lotus Pond III” (Nelum Pokuna III) lie 1km and 850 meters respectively north of the better known 8 petal Lotus Pond near Tiwanka Pilima Ge. In comparison, “Lotus Pond II” (Nelum Pokuna II) is built in the form of 4 petals. Five layers of finely carved stone petals are placed on one another to build this pond. Excavations of this pond started in 2019 by the Department of Archaeology.

There are no directions or marked roads to this site. However, you can find these ruins following the Google map below.

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Map of Nelum Pokuna II (Lotus Pond II) at the Ancient Capital of  Polonnaruwa

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Driving Directions to Polonnaruwa Sacred City

The modern town of Polonnaruwa is also known as New Town, and the other part of Polonnaruwa remains the royal ancient city of the Kingdom of Polonnaruwa.

Route from Colombo to Polonnaruwa Sacred CityRoute from Kandy to Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Through : Central Highway – Kurunegala – Dambulla
Distance from Colombo :230 km
Travel Time : 4.45 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google map
Through : Matale – Dambulla – Habarana
Distance : 140 km
Travel Time : 3.5 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google maps
Route from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa Sacred CityRoute from Batticaloa to Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Though : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance : 103 km
Travel Time : 2 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google map
Though : Chenkaladi – Valachchena
Distance : 97 km
Travel Time : 2 hours
Driving Directions : see on Google map


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