Anuradhapura Tourist Places

If you plan to visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura, you can find the top 10 tourist places in Anuradhapura here.

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka. It is the first capital of Sri Lanka and is located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is brought as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982 under the name of Sacred City of Anuradhapura.

 

How To Get To Anuradhapura From Colombo, Sri Lanka

The best ways to reach Anuradhapura from Colombo include:

  1. BUS: You find the Anuradhapura Bus at the Colombo bus stand. There are two types of bus services, Private Buses, and Government Buses. Also, they have AC, Non AC, and Semi Luxury Buses.
    i. Bus NO: Colombo-Anuradhapura, Colombo-Vavuniya, Colombo-Jaffna, Colombo-Kilinochchi, and Colombo-Mullaithivu.
    ii. Bus Fare: AC: 500 LKR, AC Express: 900 – 1200 LKR | Non AC, and Semi Luxury: 380 LKR
  2. TRAIN: The train is another best option and you will get the best experience while you travel by train in Sri Lanka. If you are a budget traveler, definitely you should travel by train. It is not only about budget, but also the real local experiences. Officially online booking is not available yet in Sri Lanka. However, If you have a local mobile number you can book by Dial 365. Your mobile should have a balance more than the ticket fare to booking it. Or else use 12Go Asia to search and book online.
    Train Fare: 3rd Class: 280LRK | 2nd Class: 400 to 450LKR | AC – Express: 1000LKR
  3. TAXI: This is an expensive option. However, if you are looking for private traveling then you can go with it. You can book a taxi by using Uber or Pickme apps. For early booking use Kiwi.com.
    Taxi Fare:
    7,000-9,000 LKR

 

Where To Stay In Anuradhapura

If you’re planning a visit to Anuradhapura, there are many budget hotels in Anuradhapura. You can find it on Booking.com

 

Best Time To Visit Anuradhapura Tourist Places

You can visit Anuradhapura tourist places any month of the year. But better to avoid POYA days to avoid crowded.

Anuradhapura tourist places open time: Most places are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., local time. However, it is better to visit in the morning.

 

What To Wear At Anuradhapura Tourist Places

Since there are religious temples and monuments in Anuradhapura. So better to choose light, breathable clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Also, wear shoes that are easy to slip on because you need to take off your shoes to enter the Anuradhapura temples.

For more information: What to wear in Sri Lanka

 

Best 10 Tourist Places in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

1. Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

1 of 10 Anuradhapura Tourist Places

Located 1km from the Railway Station Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

The Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is one of the ancient and sacred trees in the Mahamewna Gardens in Anuradhapura. According to Sri Lankan history, this tree was cut and brought from a branch of a tree at Bodh Gaya in India, where Gautama Buddha had attained enlightenment. It is the oldest human-planted tree in the world, with a known planting date and recorded history.

 

2. Anuradhapura Ruwanwelisaya

2 of 10 Anuradhapura Tourist Places

Located 2km from the Railway Station Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura Ruwanwelisaya

The Ruwanwelisaya stupa is one of the largest stupas or dagoba and relics in Sri Lanka. Also, this magnificent stupa considered sacred to many Buddhists all over the world. The Ruwanwelisaya was built by King Dutugemunu in the 2nd century BCE. Its present height is about 150 feet, with a diameter of 379 feet. The Ruwanweliseya stupa is also known as the Maha stupa.

 

3. Abhayagiri Monastery

3 of 10 Anuradhapura Tourist Places

Located 5km from the Railway Station Anuradhapura

Abhayagiri Monastery

Abhayagiri Vihara is an ancient monastery located at the north end of Anuradhapura. It is one of the most elaborate ruins in the world and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka. In celebration of his victory over the Indian Chola invaders, King Valagamba established the Abhayagiri Vihara Monastery in the 2nd century BC.

 

4. Thuparama Dagoba

4 of 10 Anuradhapura Tourist Places

Located 3km from the Railway Station Anuradhapura

 

Thuparama Dagoba

Thuparama Dagoba is the first Buddhist temple built in Sri Lanka, After the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. It was constructed during the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa in the 3rd Century BCE. Located in the sacred area of Mahamevnawa Park in Anuradhapura. The stupa was renovated by King Aggabodhi II in the 7th century. It is similar in shape to a bell.

 

5. Jetavanaramaya Dagoba

5 of 10 Anuradhapura Tourist Places

Located 2km from the Railway Station Anuradhapura

Jetavanaramaya Monastery

Jetavanaramaya is located in Mahamewna Park in the holy world heritage city of Anuradhapura. It is one of the oldest stupas in Anuradhapura. Jetavanaramaya is about 400 feet in height. It was the tallest stupa in Sri Lanka and the third tallest ancient structure in the world. According to history, the Jetavanaramaya Stupa was built by King Mahasena of Anuradhapura between 273 and 301. Following the destruction of the Mahavihara, he began to build the stupa, and his son (Maghavanna I) completed the construction.

 

6. Isurumuniya

6 of 10 Anuradhapura Tourist Places

Located 3km from the Railway Station Anuradhapura

Isurumuniya

The Isurumuniya is a Buddhist temple and situated close to Tissa Wewa in Anuradhapura. There are four sculptures of special interest in this temple. They are Isurumuniya lovers, The Royal Family, and Elephant Pond. The Isurumuniya Vihara was built during the reign of Devanampiya Tissa who ruled the ancient capital Anuradhapura (307 BC to 267 BC).

 

7. Mirisaweti Dagoba

7of 10 Anuradhapura Tourist Places

Located 4km from the Railway Station Anuradhapura

Mirisaweti Dagoba

The Mirisaweti Stupa is a memorial stupa situated in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. King Dutugamunu (161 BC to 137 BC) built the Mirisaweti Stupa. It was restored in the 20th century with a height of 59 m and a diameter of 141 m. It is known as the main place of worship for Buddhists.

 

8. Archaeological Museum – Anuradhapura

8 of 10 Anuradhapura Tourist Places

Located 4km from the Railway Station Anuradhapura

Archaeological Museum - Anuradhapura

The Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum is located in the old Kachcheri building, between the Brazen palace and Ruwanwelisaya. The museum was established in 1947. You can find some amazing artifacts, carvings, and antiques. Those were found during excavations at Anuradhapura and other historical sites around Sri Lanka.

 

9. Brazen Palace / Lovamahapaya

9 of 10 Anuradhapura Tourist Places

Located 4km from the Railway Station Anuradhapura

Brazen Palace - Lovamahapaya

This building is also known as the Brazen Palace or Lowamahaprasadaya because the roof was covered with Brozen tiles. the Lovamahapaya is constructed by King Dutugemunu in the 2nd century BC. Lowamahapaya is situated between Ruwanwelisaya Stupa and Jayarimaha bodhi in the ancient city of Anuradhapura. In that ancient time, this includes the refectory and the Uposathagara.

 

10. Mihintale

10 of 10 Anuradhapura Tourist Places

Located 13km from the Railway Station Anuradhapura

Mihintale

Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Mihintale is revered as the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. According to legend, in 247 BC, the Indian Buddhist monk Mahinda Thera met King Devanampiya Tissa at Mihintale and converted to Buddhism. Mahinda is the son of the Great Maurya emperor Asoka. He was sent by his father to bring the word of the Buddha’s teachings to Sri Lanka.

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