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Anuradhapura, Dagoba Ruvanvelisaya, Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura

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Introduction

Sri Lanka's most sacred city is Anuradhapura. Best known for its well-preserved ruins of the ancient Lankan civilisation, the city is also the home of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura was founded in the 6th century BC and later became the country's first capital, under King Pandukhabhaya. As such, it's one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Its cultural importance has been recognised by UNESCO, which includes Anuradhapura on its World Heritage List, and the city figures as one of Sri Lanka's most celebrated visitor attractions.

Anuradhapura's ruins are numerous and include grand palaces, monasteries and monuments. The Sri Maha Bodhi is the spiritual centre of Anuradhapura's ruins and the geographical centre of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Grown from a cutting from the original Bodhi Tree - under which Buddha achieved Enlightenment in Patna, India - it's one of the main pilgrimage sites for Buddhists in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka's Ancient Kingdoms & East Coast Beaches

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,415 pp

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– Save up to £260 pp
Book by: 02 October 2017

A tailor-made journey through Sri Lanka, visiting its most impressive ancient monuments and beautiful beaches as you explore Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Kandy, Polonnaruwa and more. Discover white-sand beaches, verdant tea plantations and architectural wonders dating back to the 11th century.

Treasures of Northern Sri Lanka & East Coast

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,710 pp

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offer

– Save up to £205 pp
Book by: 02 October 2017

Explore Sri Lanka's temple-filled plains and national parks, home to elephants and rare leopards, before relaxing on Passikudah's dazzling white-sands. Along the way you'll stay at some of the country's finest hotels.

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Top itineraries in Anuradhapura

Sri Lanka's Ancient Kingdoms & East Coast Beaches

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,415 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £260 pp
Book by: 02 October 2017

A tailor-made journey through Sri Lanka, visiting its most impressive ancient monuments and beautiful beaches as you explore Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Kandy, Polonnaruwa and more. Discover white-sand beaches, verdant tea plantations and architectural wonders dating back to the 11th century.

Treasures of Northern Sri Lanka & East Coast

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,710 pp

Special
offer

– Save up to £205 pp
Book by: 02 October 2017

Explore Sri Lanka's temple-filled plains and national parks, home to elephants and rare leopards, before relaxing on Passikudah's dazzling white-sands. Along the way you'll stay at some of the country's finest hotels.

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Top places to stay in Anuradhapura

Ulagalla, Anuradhapura

Contemporary hotel

Ulagalla is set in a 150-year-old mansion that is an ancestral estate of local Anuradhapura nobility.

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