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  • Raj
    Ajman, United Arab Emirates162 contributions
    Just 13km east of Anuradhapura is Mihintale, the place where Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka . The story goes that Mahinda, a Buddhist missionary from India (and the son of the great Buddhist Emperor, Ahsoka), had a chance meeting with the Sinhalese King, Devanampiya Tissa, who was out hunting in the hills and promptly converted the king and all of his entourage.
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • selvakumar2015
    Chennai, India684 contributions
    Beautiful, Centuries old massive Pagoda / Buddha vihara believed to enshrine the relics of Lord Buddha.
    The pinnacle is believed to be decorated with precious stones and gems.
    A sacred place of worship for Buddhists from all over the world.
    It is suggested that the threadbare, worn-out carpets could be replaced and also kept cool by spraying water at regular intervals.
    A must visit when you are in Anuradha pura.
    Written October 10, 2022
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  • Coolonela
    Wickham Bishops, UK201 contributions
    Wilpattu is the oldest and largest (1317 sq km) National Park in Sri Lanka and we explored it from the delightful Leopard Trails luxury tented safari camp. The camp is only a few minutes drive from the National Park’s entrance gate and our journeys to and from the park were partly taken on the wrong side of the road. The local rice farmers have worked out that by spreading their newly harvested rice over one carriageway, the rice dries twice as quickly (using the heat attracted by the black tarmac) as traditional methods. We took three drives (one full day and two half days) which saw us cover a good deal of the park’s forested, sandy and lake side areas. It was great to see many animals in their natural habit and spotted deer, water buffalo, jackals and wild boar made regular appearances. An elephant entertained us by standing in the lake, ripping vast quantities of water plants up, shaking off the mud and munching them for it’s tea. There were many species of birds to admire, with sea eagles catching their supper from the lake, serpent eagles and owls staring regally from their tree perches and our favourite, the brightly coloured varieties of bee eaters. Often our drives seemed like we were driving through snow, as white butterflies settled in mud pools to collect minerals and then burst into blizzard like flight as we passed close by. A picture postcard position beside the lake was perfect for a sumptuous lunch. A little drama was added by monkeys watching us closely for the chance of any left overs and us keeping a careful eye on the partly submerged crocodile twenty meters out in the lake. Further searching revealed many other sightings, even a brief glimpse of a Sloth Bear. Sadly the key attraction (leopards) remained elusive for everyone
    Written May 10, 2020
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  • skimadam
    Battaramulla, Sri Lanka28 contributions
    This is not on the regular tourist list but I had read about it and asked our driver to take us from sigirya. Took about an hour and 1
    /4. The last bit of road (2k) is unmade but driveable in a van. We got there at about 8.30 am. We took a local guide as not much written about this place. We had to walk for about 1.5 hours through some jungle but mostly uncovered archeological walkway. 1080 lkr entry fee. 2000 lkr for the guide. He didn't ask for that but we felt he was worth it. I am so glad I have seen this. It is an amazing place. Not commercialized yet. Very few tourists. They are still uncovering parts of the site. I have a bad knee but managed the walk. Guide and husband assisted on long flights of steps.
    Written February 9, 2022
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  • selvakumar2015
    Chennai, India684 contributions
    Believed to be a sapling from the sacred bodhi tree under which Lord Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment, this ancient temple is a major pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from all over the world.

    It is said that every Buddhist must make a pilgrimage to this sacred place atleast once in his/her life.
    The temple premises are clean and quiet.

    A sacred place to visit to calm down and meditate.
    Written October 8, 2022
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  • Steve_Grant1
    Oldham, UK1,485 contributions
    This was our first stop of the day on our visit to the ancient city. Despite it being early the site was still busy. It is well worth a look at when in the locality. Dont miss the carvings on the rock face above the level of the water tank,
    Written March 18, 2020
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  • JChandrasekera
    Berlin, Germany39 contributions
    Also known as Uththararamaya it is the 4th largest manmade
    structure and the 2nd largest Dhagoba in the world.
    Written April 6, 2021
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  • Ishan Sulochana
    Tangalle, Sri Lanka17 contributions
    it was one of best evening in my life.i was very peceful site i ever visited and also very beautiful place situated in Anuradhapura puja nagaraya.highly recommended place to visit ❤️.
    Written December 13, 2020
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  • Tharushika Dananjani
    Gampaha, Sri Lanka9 contributions
    Unlike other Sri Lanka temples, this one is an active and popular location for Buddhists. It feels like a truly special place.
    This Bodhi tree is a sapling of the original tree and Buddhist over the world pay due respect to it as a form of being grateful.
    The place itself has a magic atmosphere, and it is best visited early morning or in the evening.We were among few tourists and among many worshippers and were able to experience their prayers and customns. This is very special place.
    Written January 24, 2022
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  • oshadhi19
    Maharagama, Sri Lanka195 contributions
    We visited with our 1 year old. The road to pond is stoned steps. Can't take wheelchairs and stroller. But it's not far from parking grounds. There are ruins around the area. The pond was built for use of monks. Please kind enough to not to take bath. Aramaya is occupied with 7-8 monks. It is said that this place was used to chant pirith in ancient times. We visited there in the evening. Not a good time as some drunken men come to take baths
    Written October 5, 2022
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  • Priyanath
    Moratuwa, Sri Lanka89 contributions
    We have visited several times to Isurumuniya temple but was not aware of this place.Worth seeing this place.
    Written November 14, 2019
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  • Yuri_mw4
    Colombo, Sri Lanka3 contributions
    This was built by king dewanampiyatissa celebrating the introduction of Buddhism to srilanka this is the very first sthupa in here named by combining sthupa for structure and arama monastery
    Written January 18, 2022
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  • Anshuwa
    Colombo, Sri Lanka63 contributions
    My wife and I visited this place without knowing much about this place, although we both have visited Anuradhapura several times.

    By the first look we didn't understand the importance or at least the size of the place. Luckily we met a guide who gave us a very good explanation of this place. According to him, this place dates back even before era of King "Devnam Piyatissa" who supported and sponsored the spread of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
    You can see man made caves which leave you confused how they were moved and how they were placed in the way they are now. And this is the only place I saw the unfinished stone work which always made me confused how the workmen in those days have produced buildings and statues with smooth surfaces.
    However the highlight of the place for me was the frescoes which looked identical to Sigiriya. You can also find a kings chamber too.

    If you are really interested of the place, I strongly suggest you to talk to a guide because this place is rarely mentioned with Sri Lankan history. The guide we met is Lal Mettasinghe (+94 703663123).
    Written July 20, 2019
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  • Albia-Newton
    Evanton, UK3,837 contributions
    Nice stone. Beautiful carvings. Good to see it in its context

    To think that this stone was the entrance to the chapter house being just a small part of the ancient monastery. Gives an understanding of the scale of the ancient city
    Written February 6, 2020
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  • Kai Wah
    Malaysia2,783 contributions
    Samadhi refers to Buddha’s enlightenment which is depicted by the statue with the sitting position of meditation. The statue is located in the Mahamevnawa Park in between the Twin Ponds and Thuparamaya Temple. It is inclusive in the entrance fee for Anuradhapura Ancient Site at USD25 or LKR4,550. Hiring a driver is necessary since various sites are far from each other. Appropriate dressing required and no shoes are allowed. There are locals here for the worshiping. Good representation of the heritage of Buddhism culture since Anuradhapura Kingdom in 3rd century.
    Written March 10, 2020
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