We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mihintale

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Anuradhapura
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Religious Sites
94 visitor photos
Write a Review

207 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    129
    68
    6
    1
    3
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This type of place you just gotta feel. The views were worth the climbs. The rock is a bit tricky and I'd recommend travellers to take off their socks or they might find themselves slipping. The Buddha statue and the other high up Dagoba look epic from the top of the rock. The winds also feel nice on the hot... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Offenburg, Germany
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

It was sunny but breezy. There were many tourists on the rock so everyone had to be patient and wait for other people come down first. Overall, it is a nice place to visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Arrived by tuk tuk in the late afternoon and were adopted by a guide called Nam. He showed us around and provided some interesting historical context to this ancient site of the introduction of Buddhism to Sri Lanka. We wandered around until dusk taking in the sites sounds and smells and views across the plains to the giant dagobas of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wellington, New Zealand
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

After almost skipping it, we were all so glad to have visited here. The ruins are amazing and the whole area felt incredibly peaceful and spiritual. As well as the Buddha statues and dagobas there are fascinating ruins to explore. The price for mihintale was by far the cheapest (500Rs), and the tuk tuk to get out there (1500Rs return)... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toowoomba, Australia
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Mihintale is very worth the effort of getting there. We spent about 2.5 hrs there and it is an interesting place to visit. The steps are a little arduous but there are plenty of places to sit on the way up. It's an active temple with a restored dagoba at the top and stunning views. Of course what will ruin... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

It is 14 km away from the Melbourne tourist rest. They helped me to find a tuk tuk (Three wheeler). You are advised to go to Mihinathale in the Morning or in the evening. if not you will find some difficulty in climbing the heated steps.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
The Hague, The Netherlands
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Travelling Sri Lanka in April 2014, one of the places I visited was Mihintale. A peaceful and beautiful place near Anuradhapura, where Buddhism was brought to Sri Lanka according to the stories. At my arrival in Mihintale, I met a great tour guide, Amara Siri. He knows a lot about nature, culture and Sinhalese history. I you're interested in learning... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Got there end of the day, very quiet, only pelgrims / locals there. The climb is tough but should not be hard for most persons. The walk to the cave is not really special. The dagoba on top of the hill is awesome, great atmosphere there. Bring socks on a hot day: the steps are really hot and you will... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bangalore, India
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Mihintale ruins date back to 200 BC, and the place was the Buddhist centre for the Anuradhapura kingdom. The place is beautiful and a must-see if visiting Sri Lanka. Don't miss the Black-pond - which does not even require a ticket, and is an amazingly peaceful place. And the little toilets behind the pond which were used by the monks... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Freeport, New York
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
77 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Roshan, my Driver-Guide for my two weeks in SL, walked me through the ruins of the World Heritage Site of Anuradhapura for two days and we could have stayed longer. There is so much to see, the grounds are comfortable to walk with paths and tree shades walkways. The ruins date to the 3rd century BC and is the most... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Mihintale also viewed

Anuradhapura, North Central Province
Anuradhapura, North Central Province
 
Anuradhapura, North Central Province
Anuradhapura, North Central Province
 

Been to Mihintale? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Mihintale, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing