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The city of Anuradhapura is in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka; 205 kilometres away from the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. Anuradhapura is one of Sri Lanka’s historic capitals, known for its well-preserved remnants of ancient Lankan civilization, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a big tourist attraction in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is also one of the pillars of the so-called Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. The Anuradhapura Kingdom has a long history.

Anuradhapura’s history shows in a long list of Anuradhapura visiting places, as it has many sites to discover. The ancient city of Anuradhapura, Anuradhapura Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura Atamasthana, Ruwanweliseya, Maha Viharaya, and Anuradhapura Kuttam Pokuna are some of the spots you should visit during your trip to Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Anuradhapura has had many different rulers and is a famous city for its remnants of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization. Furthermore, these remnants of Anuradhapura city attract many local as well as foreign tourists. Anuradhapura’s history is rich in archaeological and architectural wonders with elevated brick towers, ancient lakes, dagobas, and temples. All these wonderful establishments were created during the ruling period of different dynasties.

Exploring the ancient city of Anuradhapura can be done by bicycle or with a vehicle, since the area is quite big and exploring Anuradhapura is difficult within one day. So, make sure to let us plan your trip well to not miss anything of historical value on your visiting list.

Overnight you can stay in one of the hotels, guest houses or holiday resorts in Anuradhapura New Town that we recommend for you.

Spiritual Tour Maha Bodhi and
Ruwanweli Maha Seya

Ruwanweli Maha Seya is the largest Buddhist construction in Sri Lanka, this stupa has a broad history which goes back to King Dutugemunu who constructed the stupa. Legend says that King Dutugemunu was old and sick, therefore he couldn’t see the finishing of the construction. This construction was made by King Dutugemunu with a Goddess called Swarnamali, originally the Stupa was named as Swarnamali Maha Seya.

In the same ancient site, we will be visiting the Great Sacred Tree, Sri Maha Bodhi which was a branch of the original Sacred Bodhi tree of Lord Buddha. This branch has been brought by the daughter of King Ashoka, the Emperor of India, after she became a Buddhist monk. The Sacred Sri Maha Bodhi is one of the key changing points of Sri Lankan history and this is one of the main icons of Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

If you are looking to do something spiritual during your vacation in Sri Lanka, you can visit these places with our guidance, wearing white clothes, for the evening meditation.

Mihintale Buddhist Monastery Complex

Mihintale Buddhist Monastery has an important part in the history of Sri Lankan culture. Legend says that this is the place where Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka by Monk Mihindhu, who is the son of King Ashoka of India.
Mihintale Buddhist Monastery Complex
Kaludiya Pokuna

Kaludiya Pokuna

One of the places you can visit on your round trip in Sri Lanka is called Pond of Black Water. It is a very peaceful place for meditation or solitary picnic. The pond is believed to be a source of supply of water to the monastery attached with the temple a thousand years ago. Some ruins of the old monastic structures can still be seen around the lake.

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress

As you enter the Yapahuwa Rock Fortress premises, the dry howling wind will caress on your body and howl away. In Yapahuwa you will find a nice blend of nature and civilization. The carvings and the architectural artefacts were the pride and glory of the creators of the Yapahuwa Rock Fortress. Furthermore, it is also the home to Sri Lanka’s first and only lion sculpture with Chinese features.


The Aukana Buddha Statue is best known for its spectacular craftsmanship, from the Buddha’s head to the Buddha’s feet, the statue boasts of intricate attention to detail, especially when looking at the unique position of the ‘Asisa Mudra’ or posture of blessing, along with the drapery and proportionality of the features of the Buddha. Thus, making it one of the best-preserved ancient statues of the Buddha in the entire country.

Heritage & Culture

The island of Sri Lanka has one of the most diversified cultural populations in the world. Sri Lankan culture comprises several practices and rituals that stretch back more than 2000 years and have been passed down through generations.