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Anuradhapura

3.9
World heritage site · Sacred & Religious Sites · Architectural Buildings

Popular things to do in Anuradhapura

Mihintale ©
Religious Site
Mihintale
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Architectural Building
Ruwanwelisaya
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Wilpattu National Park ©
Nature / Park
Wilpattu National Park Saliyapura
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Religious Site
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks. While most sightseeing in Anuradhapura concerns archeological sites and exquisite stonemasonry, you can also combine the history trip with exploration of new town's shops and major department store. See the world's oldest historically authenticated tree, a 2,000-year-old bodhi, under which thousands of devotees place offerings. Take a hike or a bike ride in one of the three ancient water tanks--proof of a highly advanced civilization--or visit an archeology and folk museum. Our Sri Lanka travel planning website combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.

Side trips from Anuradhapura

Minneriya National Park ©
National Park
Minneriya National Park North Central Province
4.2
Duration: 8 hours
Sigiriya Fortress ©
World heritage site
Sigiriya Fortress Sigiriya
4.6
Duration: 3h 30 min
Kaudulla National Park ©
National Park
Kaudulla National Park Habarana
4.0
Duration: 8 hours
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
World heritage site
Golden Temple of Dambulla Dambulla
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Anuradhapura

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Isurumuniya Temple
Religious Site
Isurumuniya Temple
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Historic Site
Ritigala Forest Monastery
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ruin
Ranmasu Uyana
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate) ©
Ruin
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate)
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Hidden gems in Anuradhapura

Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Monument
Abhayagiri Dagaba
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Samadhi Statue ©
Monument
Samadhi Statue
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
Dagoba of Thuparama
Religious Site
Dagoba of Thuparama
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond ©
Water Body
Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Anuradhapura

Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) ©
Water Body
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)
3.3
Duration: 2h 30 min

Spas in Anuradhapura

Swasti Ayurvedic Treatment Center & Spa
Spa
Swasti Ayurvedic Treatment Center & Spa
1.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
Pidurangala Rock ©
Landmark
Pidurangala Rock Sigiriya
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Landmark
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Religious Site
Dambulla Cave Temple Habarana
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
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