The sacred city of Anuradhapura is an ancient capital of Sri Lanka and one of the greatest civilizations in the world. Established in 4th century BC, this political and religious kingdom flourished for over 1000 years, making it one of the most stable and powerful examples of urban life in the region. With its outstanding picturesque ruins of the ancient world, Anuradhapura is popular with religious pilgrims as well as local and foreign tourists, and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982
Visitors to Anuradhapura will be amazed with all that this area has to offer - historical sites, preserved monuments and restored edifices depicting the rich culture and history of the country. Those interested in Buddhist attractions will enjoy several key sites including the sacred Bodhi Tree, which was grown from a cutting of the fig tree that Lord Buddha gained enlightenment under; the wonderful ancient stupas of Ruwanwelisaya, Jetavanaramaya and Abhayagiri, considered to be among the tallest monuments in the world; and Thuparama Vatadage – the oldest shrine in Sri Lanka that houses the collarbone of Lord Buddha.
Other sites worth visiting in Anuradhapura are the bathing and irrigation tanks that are scattered throughout the city such as Tissa Wewa, Abhaya Wewa and Nuwara Wewa. These irrigation marvels highlight just how technologically advanced this civilization was. Other treasures in the area are the Isurumuniya rock temple, well known for its timeless masterpieces carved into rocks and the remains of the Brazen Palace, which was once a monastery for hundreds of Buddhist monks.
Anuradhapura is enchanting and captivating - tourists here will be transported back in time and will appreciate ancient Sri Lanka's religious culture and history as well as architectural achievements.