The ruins of Anuradhapura are one of South Asia’s most evocative sights. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas, soaring brick towers, ancient pools and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s thousand years of rule over Sri Lanka. Today several of the sites remain in use as holy places and temples; frequent ceremonies give Anuradhapura a vibrancy that’s a sharp contrast to the ambience at Polonnaruwa.
Current-day Anuradhapura is a rather pleasant albeit sprawling city. Mature trees shade the main guesthouse areas, and the main street is orderly compared to the ugly concrete agglomerations elsewhere.
Things to Do:
Mihintale / Ruwanwelisseya Dagoba / Bodhi (Bo) Tree / Sri Maha Boodhi Temple / Isurumuniya Rock Temple / Jethawanaramaya Stupa / Dagoba of Thuparama / Abhayagiri Dagoba / Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) / Samadhi Statue / Vilpaththu National Park / Ranmasu Uyana / Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond / Jetavanarama Dagoba / Mirisaveti Stupa / Lovamahapaya / Abhayagiri Museum / Lankarama Sthupa / Isinbassagala / Brazen Palace / River Bathing / Hiking / Photo Shoots / Boat Riding / Relaxing / Romantic Dinner On Lake Side
Approximately Time & Distance from Colombo: 3 h 50 min (202.5 km)
Province: North Central Province | District: Anuradhapura District
Luxury Hotels in Area:
Heritage Hotel Anuradhapura | Approximately Price Range: 80 to 90 USD | Click here to see the hotel
Waters Edge, Anuradhapura | Approximately Price Range: 80 to 90 USD | Click here to see the hotel
Normal Hotels in Area:
Hotel Alakamanda | Approximately Price Range: 70 to 80 USD | Click here to see the hotel
AVASTA Resort & Spa | Approximately Price Range: 70 to 80 USD | Click here to see the hotel