The setting sun behind a temple in Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura Tours and Travels

About Anuradhapura

The fascinating ancient city of Anuradhapura was the first capital of the Sinhala kings,and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. The sprawling complex contains a delightful array of treasures from towering dagobas (Buddhist stupa), evocative decaying temples and attractive ancient pools. Here you'll also find Sri Maha Bodhi, the Sacred Bo-Tree, brought to Sri Lanka as a sapling from the tree under which Buddha is said to have become enlightened. At over 2,200 years old it is the oldest historically documented tree in the world.

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Highlights of the complex include the 1,600 stone columns of Brazen Palace (2nd century B.C), which are all that is left of a magnificent multi-storied residence for monks. Thuparama Dagoba (3rd century B.C) - the oldest Dagoba on the island and Ruwanweliseya (2nd century B.C) - the most famous of all the Dagobas are also popular sights whilst Isurumuniya rock temple is well known for its rock carvings of The Lovers and The Horseman. The finest of the carved stone figures protecting gateways (guard stones) at Anuradhapura is at the pavilion of Ratna Prasada. Nearby at the Queen’s Pavilion is a superbly crafted semi-circular stone moonstone set at the base of the stairs.

Excavations have unearthed jewellery, sculptures, coins and other rare artefacts including seven Buddhist scriptures etched into sheets of beaten gold. Soaring towards the sky, the magnificent dagobas reached monumental proportions during the period of the kingdom of Anuradhapura, which lasted for about 1,500 years, until the 10th century AD.

Anuradhapura Tours

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Anuradhapura Hotels

If you are planning a Anuradhapura holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:

Palm Garden Village Anuradhapura

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Palm Garden Village is a colonial style hotel with large rooms. The hotel boasts a swimming pool surrounded by trees, a games room as well as a well-equipped gym. An Ayurveda Spa is also available for guests to relax and unwind in.

Ulagalla Resort Anuradhapura

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Lodge

The Ulagalla Resort is a little gem of a boutique hotel. The resort has just 20 gorgeous chalets all with exceptional facilities. All rooms have private balconies and some your very own pool. The resort offers a great selection of dining experiences as well as a refreshing outdoor pool and a whole host of leisure activities.

Anuradhapura Tailor made suggestions

Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Anuradhapura.

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