Anuradhapura Sri Lanka

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The city of Anuradhapura offers all that you might expect from an ancient capital and much more. Dubbed the sacred City of the Kings, Anuradhapura was constructed during the 4th century BC and what remains today leaves little doubt of the city's grandeur during its prime. Central to the Buddhist faith is the 2000 year old Bo Tree in the city, which is said to be a cutting from the Bodh Gaya, India; the Bo tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment. The site today is one of the most visited destinations on the island, by tourist and local pilgrims alike.

The city also reveals many architectural wonders, with highlights including the Abayagiri complex covering an area of 200 hectares, stupas of various sizes, (the largest measuring 235 feet in height and 310 feet at the base of the dome) and a superb collection of other relics. Anuradhapura also offers rich insight into the island's agricultural past and the great dams, reservoirs and aqueducts of old remain faithfully intact, still nourishing the city's vital landscape. The man made waterways form an intricate network which can be traversed by boat and are embellished by the great lakes that nurture them. During the time of the kings these reservoirs provided both aesthetic and utility, today they ensure a richer, more diverse landscape, verdant and brimming with life.

Things to do

  • Visit Ancient Heritage Sites
  • Explore Forest Monasteries
  • Safari in Wilpattu
  • Scenic Walks
  • Cycling
  • Photography

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