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Anuradhapura, Dagoba Ruvanvelisaya, Sri Lanka


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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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Top itineraries in Anuradhapura

View of a deserted beach on Sri Lanka's East Coast

Sri Lanka's Ancient Kingdoms & East Coast Beaches

13-day tailor-made holiday from £3,910 pp incl. flights

Visit Sri Lanka's most impressive ancient monuments and beautiful beaches in utter luxury, enjoying the services of a private driver throughout and staying in only the finest hotels. Think beach villas and palatial country manors.

Sigiriya Rock Paintings

Treasures of Northern Sri Lanka & East Coast

11-day tailor-made holiday from £3,990 pp incl. flights

Explore Sri Lanka’s temple-filled plains and verdant 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.

Top places to stay in Anuradhapura

Main building, Ulagalla by Uga, 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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