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“The "stumbled upon surprise" of Anuradhapura”
Review of Mihintale

Mihintale
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Private Day Tour: Anuradhapura and Mihintale from Dambulla
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

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..

Thank BadruA19
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

Visited this World Heritage site as part of a 17-day Bunnik Tours.
2,500 Rupees entrance fee + pay the extra for a guide (if not on a tour) to fully understand this site.
Wandered around this site marvelling at the ingenuity and progress (so advanced, yet what happened?).
Checked out the 'Cafeteria' and its huge stone trough where the Monks would come and take their portion of rice (Senior Monks first . . .). The Palace ruins with its forest of stumps, and to hear that it was 7 (?) stories high. Best preserved Moon Stone (entrance stone).
Museum is not air conditioned, but does have toilets. Interesting information, plus great photos of the before / after restoration works.

Thank Robyn E
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Jeeps take you into the park, where elephants and 1 month old babies were seen. 2 elephants took a charge of some of the jeeps, as they got too close, but an excellent experience and photo opportunity

Thank phoenbix2b
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

This is one of the most important place for Buddhists in Sri Lanka, as the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. Now it is a Buddhist temple, so, kindly advise to wear clothes properly cover the body. It is better to wear long jeans as you have to climb the mountain. Morning around 7-8 AM and evening around 4-5 is the best time to start, because during day time it is really hot. Please don't feed wild monkeys staying in the forest beside the path.

1  Thank Thasun
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Mihintale is a magical place, worth going to see the sunset! It takes 15 min by tuk tuk or 30 min by bus, either way is worth seeing the first place where buddhism was introduced in SL.

Thank LondonerTrotter
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