Things to do in Giritale

Things to do in Giritale

About Giritale

Location: Giritale is located 199 km away from Colombo in the North-central province of Sri Lanka.

Reaching Giritale: Giritale, 12 km North-west of Polonnaruwa, can be reached from main motor roads from Colombo that run via Dambulla, Habarana and Minneriya. Giritale is not connected by a railway line. The nearest station is at Kaduruwela, Polonnaruwa.

Setting: Giritale that sit pretty on the banks of Giritale man-made reservoir with Minneriya Sanctuary centered around the Minneriya reservoir, located at a distance of 11 km.

Accomodation around Giritale: Giritale, a nature and birdlife destination with beautiful Giritale Reservoir that set up the focal point, is the preferred accommodation option of those who visit the World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa.

About Giritale District

Polonnaruwa is the 2nd largest city in north central province in Sri Lanka. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Polonnaruwa has a great history of conquest and struggle behind it and rightfully forms the third element in the Cultural Triangle. Located about 140 kms north east from Kandy, Polonnaruwa offers hours of endless pleasure for history and culture lovers, as there are numerous sights of significance.

Much of the physical ruins standing today are credited to King Parakrama Bahu I who spent many royal resources on town planning, including parks, edifices, irrigation systems and so on. The period of his rule is considered a golden age where the kingdom thrived and prospered under a visionary ruler. The Parakrama Samudra is a mammoth tank and named after its patron. The popular king?s Royal Palace, the Audience Hall encircled by beautifully carved stone elephants and the Bathing Pool reflect the superior engineering capabilities of the time.

About Central Province

North Central Province which is the largest province in the country covered 16% of total country's land area. North Central Province consist two districts called Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapure. Anuradhapura is the largest district in Sri Lanka. Its area is 7,128 km².

North Central Province has numerous potentials for Investors to start their Businesses, especially Agriculture, agro based industries and Livestock sectors. More than 65% of North Central Province's people depend on basic Agriculture and agro base industries.NCP also called Wew Bendi Rajje because there are more than 3000 medium and large scale tanks situated in the province. Sri maha bodiya, Ruwanweli seya, Thuparama dageba, Abayagiri Monastry, Polonnaruwa Rankot wehera, Lankathilake are scared places in North Central Province.