February 1st ~ Polonnaruva, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa Temple

The Vatadage, Polonnaruwa Temple

On the way to our next destination, we stopped briefly to watch workers husk coconuts. They are not paid for their labor, but are giving a percentage of the coconuts so that they can sell them. I think they received 25 coconuts for every 200 that the husked.

Husking coconuts

Coconut husks



This ancient kingdom served as the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th– 13th Century. The rulers from this period built huge irrigation reservoirs. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Entrance into the Royal Palace

Carved statues

Beautiful flowers in front of Buddha statue

Statue of Buddha

Recumbent Buddha

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Overnight: We are two nights at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana

Our room at Cinnamon Lodge

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful that my computer is working properly and once again connecting to the Internet. I was frustrated for two days to not be able to do a blog post. It is a challenge to try to keep it up to date while traveling, and getting behind always makes it a bit harder. So now I’m playing catch up.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our latest adventure. We hope you will join us!
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17 Responses to POLONNARUVA: UNESCO World Heritage Site

  1. carrie blandmiller says:

    Good to know you two are out & about again…good luck & take care!! love you!!


    • Hi Carrie! It is wonderful being on the road again. I’m glad that you got to meet our travel companions, Dick and Karen, when we passed through your area. We have such fond memories of our time together, seeing you and the great tour you took us on. Love you too.


  2. Bud says:

    Fantastic photography!!
    Bud C


  3. It was sooo hot when we were in Polannaruva, but it is an amazing place. I especially love the striation on the rock of the reclining Buddha.


    • We have been impressed with the number and quality of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites here in Sri Lanka. We have been fortunate that it is hot and humid, but not over-the-top hot. I think that February is a good time to visit.



    Love your posts!


  5. Very nice and your hotel looks beautiful and relaxing.



  6. This area looks beautiful!


  7. joliesattic says:

    Beautiful! However, that’s a lot of coconut and husks to discard, how are they recycled or eliminated? If that’s what gets done in a day… it makes me wonder.


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