Ancient vivacious kingdom second to none. Anuradhapura resonates the rich culture and heritage that  ancient Sri Lanka holds. Furthermore, with its archaeological importance as well as cultural significance it is now a UNESCO World heritage site renowned by the world. Established from the 4th century BC, Anuradhapura has stood as the political and cultural center of the Sinhalese kings who ruled over Sri Lanka. In addition to that, Anuradhapura is a beautiful travel site that many tourists visit for its remarkable ruins and architectural wonders.

Watadagaya. Anuradhapura

Ruins of Anuradhapura; Watadagaya.

Weather and Distance To Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura holds a sunny weather so its perfect for a tan any time of the year! This beautiful city of ruins lays 205 kms (127 miles) north of Colombo, the capital.

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Route  from Colombo.

Places to visit in Anuradhapura

First of all, there are many activities you can embark on this journey to Anuradhapura. There are so many historical and religious places to examine,

1. The Archaeological Museum.

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Stone carving at the palace, archaeological museum.

This holds many interesting artifacts from this ancient civilizations. Since its full of amazing creations of the Sri Lankans, the museum is a very popular tourist attraction. Sri Lankan wood carvings and stone carvings are specially noteworthy. The ruins of the royal palace can  also be found  here. As a result archaeologists and architects visit here to study the artifacts.

2. Sri Maha Bodhi.

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Sri Maha Bodhi.

Anuradhapura was a center for Buddhism, and that is resonated by the Bodhi tree under which is the Lord Buddha is believed to have attained Enlightenment. This attracts many Buddhists for a spiritual cleanse as well as to pay homage to this ancient tree. Brought from India as a sapling due to the vast number of Buddhists who pay homage, it receives as much veneration as the mother tree does in India.

3. Dagabas.

These creations are massive temples built by the Sinhalese kings for worship, hundreds of years ago. These magnificent domes stand strong reflecting the craftsmanship of the ancient civilizations. Hence it’s a very rewarding experience to see the beautiful creations of the city and in addition you learn so much about the history of Sri Lanka as well.
(1) Ruwanweliseya.

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Ruwanwalisaya.

Giant amount giants, that stands on the sacred grounds that are worshipped by thousands. Built by King Dutugemunu, the marvel among kings. This dagaba is sacred to Buddhist of Lanka due to its magnificent size as well as its historical importance for being erected after the victory over Elara, the king of of the North.
(2) Jetawanaramaya.

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Jetawanaramaya.

Another magnificent creation that stands in Anuradhapura created by King Mahasena is also another sacred veneration site.
(3) Isurumuniya.

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Isurumuniya lovers.

Known for its amazing stone carvings in the temple, which are the Isurumuniya lovers, Elephant pond and the Royal Family. This destination seems like something you wouldn’t want to miss!

4. Tanks

 

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Anuradhapura is known for its abundance of man-made tanks. They were created to support the self sufficient ways of ancient Sri Lanka. These tanks were the spine of Sri Lankan agriculture and recreation, and the beauty of these giant water vessels shines through the city of Anuradhapura.

5. Ruins.

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Kuttam pokuna. A magnificent creation of two identical ponds to bathe in with a underground tunnel system that is of amazing technology.

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Lankarama Dagaba in ruins.

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Moonstones. They stand as a welcome in front of entrances and the amazing carvings represent the Buddhist way towards enlightenment. 

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Ruins of the Royal park.

 

You can witness the ruins of an entire civilization that flourished many years ago. The well preserved ruins are open for tourists to examine and learn of heritage and culture therefore you can experience this amazing trip while learning about Sri Lanka. Seems like the best way to learn and relax in the beautiful island, yes?

Places to stay

Anuradhapura also has a range of amazing hotels and hostels to accommodate you. Prices range from as low as 10 dollars to 5 star hotels at around 200 dollars, so you do have a wide range to choose from to fit your budget!
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Ulagalla Walawwa Resort, starting from low rates.

Food

Anuradhapura also has a most noteworthy range of beautiful Sri Lankan food that would take your taste buds on an ancient flavor profile you wouldn’t want to miss!
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In conclusion, Anuradhapura is certainly one of the most beautiful and rewarding travels you can embark on. So book your tickets with Travel Sri Lanka and head on an adventure to the ancient times!