Situated 30 mins (by bus) off from the Anuradhapura town.. this is by far the best of places.. not just in Anuradhapura or Sri Lanka.. but maybe in the world. More than what is AT the the TOP, what is on WAY to the TOP is most fascinating.
I hired a guide who was well informed to show me the "60/64 (?) Caves of Mihintale" on the way to the top.. a series of natural caves on drop down slopes.. where monks used to meditate. A stone inscription can also be found here.. considered on of the first written texts of the island (disputed). The caves are on 3 staggered levels.. and this is better than the stupas (locally known as "dagoba") on the top. I climbed on the hanging ledges.. and both the view and the thrill of the caves is out of this world. But beware of monkeys (the reddish-white faced ones) as they move in packs and tend to attach bagpacks for food.. I was almost attacked. =/
Also en route to the top is the ancient monastery with interesting ancient halls and structures... And on the top is a stunning white stupa.. the climb is easy and pleasant.. for those with soft feet.. socks are advisable.. carry plenty of water as it can get quite hot..
A guide is advisable because everything way more interesting with the history explained a bit..
My guide Amara was very friendly, helpful and honest.. with a very good command over English (also knows German and French) charged me very reasonably.. owns a tuk tuk and has very good knowledge on the history and knows of several places that are superb yet not mentioned in most travel sites / books (Amara : + 94 0712571472)..without him I would not find the "hidden things" that I understood would be missed out easily..
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