Panduwasnuwara - first residential city built by Parakramabahu the Great
Panduwasnuwara is the largest excavation site in Sri Lanka’s Northwestern Province. According to legends, it was the residence of King Panduvasudeva in the pre-Buddhist period of early Sinhalese history. What can be seen today, are foundations walls of a city from the Middle Ages. Historically, Panduvasudeva was the capital of the principality reigned by Parakramabahu the Great before he succeeded in unifying the country as the most important king of the Pollonaruwa period. In a sense, his residence in Panduwasnuwara was the immediate predecessor and model of the royal city of Polonnaruwa.