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- Just 13km east of Anuradhapura is Mihintale, the place where Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka . The story goes that Mahinda, a Buddhist missionary from India (and the son of the great Buddhist Emperor, Ahsoka), had a chance meeting with the Sinhalese King, Devanampiya Tissa, who was out hunting in the hills and promptly converted the king and all of his entourage.Written 9 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- As a Buddhist I like to visit this sacred place for worship. and This pagoda shows the majesty of ancient Sri Lankans.Written 23 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Wilpattu is the oldest and largest (1317 sq km) National Park in Sri Lanka and we explored it from the delightful Leopard Trails luxury tented safari camp. The camp is only a few minutes drive from the National Park’s entrance gate and our journeys to and from the park were partly taken on the wrong side of the road. The local rice farmers have worked out that by spreading their newly harvested rice over one carriageway, the rice dries twice as quickly (using the heat attracted by the black tarmac) as traditional methods. We took three drives (one full day and two half days) which saw us cover a good deal of the park’s forested, sandy and lake side areas. It was great to see many animals in their natural habit and spotted deer, water buffalo, jackals and wild boar made regular appearances. An elephant entertained us by standing in the lake, ripping vast quantities of water plants up, shaking off the mud and munching them for it’s tea. There were many species of birds to admire, with sea eagles catching their supper from the lake, serpent eagles and owls staring regally from their tree perches and our favourite, the brightly coloured varieties of bee eaters. Often our drives seemed like we were driving through snow, as white butterflies settled in mud pools to collect minerals and then burst into blizzard like flight as we passed close by. A picture postcard position beside the lake was perfect for a sumptuous lunch. A little drama was added by monkeys watching us closely for the chance of any left overs and us keeping a careful eye on the partly submerged crocodile twenty meters out in the lake. Further searching revealed many other sightings, even a brief glimpse of a Sloth Bear. Sadly the key attraction (leopards) remained elusive for everyoneWritten 10 May 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is not on the regular tourist list but I had read about it and asked our driver to take us from sigirya. Took about an hour and 1
/4. The last bit of road (2k) is unmade but driveable in a van. We got there at about 8.30 am. We took a local guide as not much written about this place. We had to walk for about 1.5 hours through some jungle but mostly uncovered archeological walkway. 1080 lkr entry fee. 2000 lkr for the guide. He didn't ask for that but we felt he was worth it. I am so glad I have seen this. It is an amazing place. Not commercialized yet. Very few tourists. They are still uncovering parts of the site. I have a bad knee but managed the walk. Guide and husband assisted on long flights of steps.Written 9 February 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Sri maha Bodhiya is a religious shrine of historical value located in the Anuradhapura District of the North Central Province of Sri Lanka.A sapling of the historic Bodhi tree that the Buddha in attaining Enlightement.Anuradhapura is an important place to visit and worshipWritten 17 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This was our first stop of the day on our visit to the ancient city. Despite it being early the site was still busy. It is well worth a look at when in the locality. Dont miss the carvings on the rock face above the level of the water tank,Written 18 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Also known as Uththararamaya it is the 4th largest manmade
structure and the 2nd largest Dhagoba in the world.Written 6 April 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- it was one of best evening in my life.i was very peceful site i ever visited and also very beautiful place situated in Anuradhapura puja nagaraya.highly recommended place to visit ❤️.Written 13 December 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Unlike other Sri Lanka temples, this one is an active and popular location for Buddhists. It feels like a truly special place.
This Bodhi tree is a sapling of the original tree and Buddhist over the world pay due respect to it as a form of being grateful.
The place itself has a magic atmosphere, and it is best visited early morning or in the evening.We were among few tourists and among many worshippers and were able to experience their prayers and customns. This is very special place.Written 24 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- A calm and peaceful place with a huge ancient pond. The pond is said to be used by the meditating Buddhist monks in the past. Located just 500m away from mihinthale, yet not many people visit this place. Hence the place is very calm and quite. A must visit for sure.Written 4 February 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We have visited several times to Isurumuniya temple but was not aware of this place.Worth seeing this place.Written 14 November 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Thuparamaya, one of the religious places in Anuradhapura, is a beautiful and picturesque place. Most attracted. Place in srilanThis was built by king dewanampiyatissa celebrating the introduction of Buddhism to srilanka this is the very first sthupa in here named by combining sthupa for structure and arama monasteryWritten 18 January 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- My wife and I visited this place without knowing much about this place, although we both have visited Anuradhapura several times.
By the first look we didn't understand the importance or at least the size of the place. Luckily we met a guide who gave us a very good explanation of this place. According to him, this place dates back even before era of King "Devnam Piyatissa" who supported and sponsored the spread of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
You can see man made caves which leave you confused how they were moved and how they were placed in the way they are now. And this is the only place I saw the unfinished stone work which always made me confused how the workmen in those days have produced buildings and statues with smooth surfaces.
However the highlight of the place for me was the frescoes which looked identical to Sigiriya. You can also find a kings chamber too.
If you are really interested of the place, I strongly suggest you to talk to a guide because this place is rarely mentioned with Sri Lankan history. The guide we met is Lal Mettasinghe (+94 703663123).Written 20 July 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Nice stone. Beautiful carvings. Good to see it in its context
To think that this stone was the entrance to the chapter house being just a small part of the ancient monastery. Gives an understanding of the scale of the ancient cityWritten 6 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Samadhi refers to Buddha’s enlightenment which is depicted by the statue with the sitting position of meditation. The statue is located in the Mahamevnawa Park in between the Twin Ponds and Thuparamaya Temple. It is inclusive in the entrance fee for Anuradhapura Ancient Site at USD25 or LKR4,550. Hiring a driver is necessary since various sites are far from each other. Appropriate dressing required and no shoes are allowed. There are locals here for the worshiping. Good representation of the heritage of Buddhism culture since Anuradhapura Kingdom in 3rd century.Written 10 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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- The best day trips from Anuradhapura according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Morning Wildlife Safari in Wilpattu National Park
- Sigiriya and Cave Temple with Pidurangala Rock - Full Day Private Tour
- Day tour sigiriya to anuradhapura
- Wildlife Safari in Wilpattu National Park - Afternoon Game Drive
- Anuradhapura Buddhist Icons Tour from Dambulla