Giritale is a small city in the Polonnaruwa District of Sri Lanka, approximatley 70 miles north of Kandy. This area is incredibly scenic and allows easy access to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, approximately 7 miles away, and the elephant filled Minneriya National Park which is 14 miles away.
Polonnaruwa is an 11th century city and World Heritage Site. Polonnaruwa features 12th-century stone sculptures, an old irrigation system with huge tanks, and the Gal Vihara – comprising of three enormous Buddha figures – one reclining, one standing and one sitting. The statues, located in a cluster along a dirt road, are revered as being among the most sacred monuments in Sri Lanka.

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