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Anuradhapura Travel Guide: 98 reviews and 276 photos

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient cities that make up the cultural triangle. While a day of sightseeing here is certainly worthwhile, there are several other sights in the triangle that I would rate ahead of this one. If you have limited time then you should make sure you see places like Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, and Sigiriya ahead of Anuradhapura. If you do have enough time to fit it in, then I suggest doing it before Polonnaruwa; if you did it afterwards you would probably see it as a bit of a let-down.

There are several dagobas here in various states of reconstruction, along with sights like the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree, the serene 4th century Samadhi Buddha, and the unusual Issurumuniyagala Monastery. The sights are quite spread out and too far to walk; hiring a bike for the day is an excellent way to get around, or you can negotiate with a tuk-tuk driver (bargain hard).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:historic sights, important place of Buddhist pilgrimage
  • Cons:reconstruction of dagobas, ruins not as impressive as Polonnaruwa
  • In a nutshell:A pleasant place to visit, but not one of Sri Lanka's best sights
  • Last visit to Anuradhapura: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jun 10, 2006 at 11:00 PM

    A very interesting page with beautiful photos!

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Jun 4, 2006 at 12:32 AM

    Sri Lanka is sooo beautiful!

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2006 at 6:17 PM

    Wow you have done some wonderful pages love the this is the place Mahinda converted King Devanampiya Tissa to Buddhism in 243 BC love your details thanks.


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