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.
Book In Advance
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information
All photos (350)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“bodhi tree”(41 reviews)
“sri maha”(24 reviews)
“sacred place”(33 reviews)
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
+94 77 783 5266
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Anuradhapura
from $56.00
More Info
Reviews (468)
Filter reviews
269 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews bodhi tree sri maha sacred place oldest tree oldest living attained enlightenment full moon sacred site religious significance take pictures very special place great history be mindful places to visit important places recorded history your feet
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 269 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago

It is a simple, newish temple with nothing special about it, except for the fact that on its ground there is a tree which purportedly originated from the tree under which Gautama Siddhartha attained enlightenment and thus became known as Buddha. We visited the place...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank worldnomad_01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very sacred place for the Buddhists. Loved the peaceful atmosphere in spite of it being crowded.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vikrant B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It may be the oldest human planted tree in the world. And if it isn’t, it’s still a good place to be. The day I went it was filled with chanting pilgrims and incense.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Armadillo_of_Doom
Reviewed November 1, 2018

The Bo tree is supposed to be from a sapling taken from the original tree in Bodh Gaya and hence one of the most venerated by Buddhists. The temple itself is simple in design and structure. Exceptionally quiet even during prayer times, it gives a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Anand G
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

This is a very sacred place for Buddhist all over.The Bo tree is venerated by all Buddhist. You need about half an hour here.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 3SEse7
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

The tree is about 2400 years old. They have one branch that overlooks the temple courtyard. I would guide gave us some falling off leaves to create a shrine at home. The separated branch is maintained by ecologists from Colombo. There are lots of local...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nikalpadi
Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

This is a very special place for Buddhists all over the world. This bo tree is considered to be the oldest tree in history. The mother Bo tree of this sacred tree had given shade to the lord Buddha when he was achieving enlightenment. That...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Malki S
Reviewed September 13, 2018

A branch of the "Bo" tree where Lord Buddha achieved Nirvana was brought to Sri Lanka by Mihindu Thera from India is the Sri Lankan most sacred and oldest known tree. Surrounded by golden fence, devotees pour milk and water to the outer circle of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank WasanthaSamarasekera
Reviewed September 10, 2018

This is where you will find what is reputed to be the oldest tree in the world... the Bodhi tree... dating some 2000 yrs old. This entire area is well worth a few hours of wandering around in amazement at all the historical, spiritual and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank JazzyPerth
Reviewed August 27, 2018

The southern branch of the sacred Bodhi tree, where Lord Buddha achieved the eternal bliss of Nibbana 2600 years ago, was brought to Sri Lanka by Sanghamitta MahaTheree in 236 BC. King Devanampiyatissa planted this Bodhi tree in Maha Meghavana Udyanaya, under the guidance of...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Vachintha
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 19 nearby hotels
The Sanctuary At Tissawewa
266 reviews
.49 miles away
Nilketha Villa Eco Hotel
122 reviews
1.15 miles away
25 reviews
1.23 miles away
The Lakeside Hotel at Nuwarawewa
282 reviews
1.38 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 47 nearby restaurants
Rangiri Restaurant
12 reviews
1.06 miles away
Little Paradise Anuradhapura
187 reviews
1.73 miles away
Mango Mango
546 reviews
1.81 miles away
Seedevi Family Restaurant
202 reviews
1.39 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 55 nearby attractions
857 reviews
.36 miles away
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
569 reviews
.00 miles away
Isurumuniya Temple
405 reviews
.85 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
September 11, 2016|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from german_taliesin | Reviewed this property |
I'm pretty sure that credit card is not an option where we bought our ticket. The ticket box (in this case) was in front of the (closed for renovation) museum.
Google Translation