Ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, and it is renowned for its well-preserved ruins of the ancient civilisation that dates back to 10th century BC. It is also where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka here in Anuradhapura, making it an important location for Buddhists all over the world. While you’re there you must visit the Ruwanwelisaya Stupa, one of the oldest temples in the world, built by King Dutugemunu.

  • Try and visit Ruwanwelisaya in the evening.
  • AAvoid visiting during a poya day or a weekend, as it can get quite crowded.

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