Royal Baths of King Nissanka Malla

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Sandwiched between the Polonnaruwa Rest House and the Polonnaruwa Archaeology Museum are set of ruins which had been restored comparatively recently. These include an ancient Bisokotuwa of Parakrama Samudraya, An large brick pond consisting the Royal Baths of king Nissanka Malla (Nissanga Malla – 1187-1196 CE) of Polonnaruwa kingdom.

The water is supplied to the bath from the brick pond, which receives water from the Parakrama Samudraya reservervior through a seperate sluice gate made out of massive stone blocks which too has been restored. The Bisokotuwa (the ancient valve-pit) of this sluice is right at the kitchen door of Rest House.

The Royal bath which is opened to the pond is complete with a changing room. Completely built of stone blocks, there are 4 stone cut steps to get down to the changing area. From there you could just walk in to the pond.

An inscription has been found at this site which says that king Nissanka Malla held the Bathing Ceremony (diyakeliya) here.


  1. Wikramagamage, C., (2004). Heritage of Rajarata: Major natural, cultural, and historic sites. Colombo. Central Bank of Sri Lanka. p.140.

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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
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Through : Matale – Dambulla – Habarana
Distance : 140 km
Travel Time : 3.5 hours
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Route from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa Sacred CityRoute from Batticaloa to Polonnaruwa Sacred City
Though : Maradankadawala – Habarana
Distance : 103 km
Travel Time : 2 hours
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Though : Chenkaladi – Valachchena
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