Distance from Polonnaruwa – 3.8 km (9 minutes)
Manik Vehera is an ancient monastery complex situated in Polonnaruwa. It is believed to have been built in the 8th century during the Polonnaruwa period. Although its original name has been lost over time, Manik Vehera is believed to be the oldest stupa of the area. It is a relatively small stupa with a unique feature of an unusually high platform made with bricks, with stone steps leading to the top of the stupa. The monastery complex has two image houses within it.
Getting to Manik Vehera
From Polonnaruwa travel approximately 3.8 km along the Maradankadawala-Habarana-Thirukkondaiadimadu Highway towards Janapada Mawatha to reach the Manik Vehera.