Isurumuniya Temple, Anuradhapura

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#4 of 15 in Historic Sites in Anuradhapura
Known for its depiction of a huge reclining Buddha, Isurumuniya Temple includes many exquisite carvings, many of which date from around the 3rd century BCE and later. A lotus pond outside the temple features bathing elephants, masterfully carved out of rocks at the foot of a cliff. A small museum inside the temple contains more rock carvings, including a famous image of a love affair between a king and a lower-caste woman. Take a look at our Anuradhapura trip itinerary planning tool to schedule your visit to Isurumuniya Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • When I visited the main site was under renovation, what a regret! Otherwise the place is quite fast to tour, there is a 'museum', and there is a place for you to walk up to enjoy some simple view...  more »
  • There is not a huge amount to do here, however, I feel it was just enough to give me a taster of what Buddhist life is like here in sri lanka. There are old relics seen in the museum area and you...  more »
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