Mihintale is one of the most religious and historical sites around Sri Lanka .. I started my tour of SL from here and learned a lot about buddhism and other historical facts .. I got a guide who invitied himself to come along but I wasnt disappointed .. he provided a lot of information about the area even pointing out the caves where the monks resided while meditating and looking for spiritual enlightenment ..
The temple at the top is about 1800 stairs up and I wasnt prepared for the climb keeping in mind i was heading to Sigiriya a day or two later .. but from the photos and other reviews am disappointed i didnt go up ..
Either way, the ruins at ground level were quite informative, where the monks came to eat and bathe and going down the stairs to where the hospital facitlites are ..
The area around is surrounded by greenery .. This is probably the only place i didnt see any monkeys around but saw my first giant squirrel ..
I would suggest coming here to get a feel of the country and the religion so understand how the rest of the culture fits in ..
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