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Anuradhapura

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

Popular things to do in Anuradhapura

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Religious Site
Mihintale
4.8
Duration: 3 hours
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Architectural Building
Ruwanwelisaya
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Nature / Park
Wilpattu National Park Saliyapura
3.8
Duration: 4 hours
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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

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

Historic Sites in Anuradhapura

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

Hidden gems in Anuradhapura

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

Nature in Anuradhapura

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

Spas in Anuradhapura

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

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