A nine story building built as a residence, by King Dutugemunu in 150 BCE, for the monks who studied at Mahaviharaya Buddhist University.
The oldest dagaba in Sri Lanka and was constructed by King Devanampiyatissa in 3rd century BCE.
The palace was built in the third century. The remains now are a few standing pillars & the semi-circular doorstep.
Also known as Gem Palace was the preaching hall of a Buddhist monastery.
Also referred to as 'Twin Ponds', was built in the third century and are two profound pools. The ponds were created for the monks of Abhayagiriya, who bathed in the water that gushed out of a carved lion's head after it had passed through a filtration system, which is still evident today.
A mountain peak in Anuradhapura that was then a meeting place between King Devanampiyatissa and the Buddhist monk Mahinda, during a full moon day on the month of Poson (June); this meeting is said to have commenced the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
The Jetavanarama Dagaba took 27 years and 10 million bricks to build: it is the tallest and largest structure made entirely out of brick in the world.
Was constructed during the 2nd century BCE by King Dutugamunu to house relics. It was recorded that priests from all over India were present at the enshrinement of the relics in 140 BCE.
This Statue is located in the Mahamevuna Park and is one of the most exceptional sculptures of the Buddha in dhyana posture. Dhyana is a deep meditative state and the statues depict Buddha meditating below a Bo Tree.
Is well known for its impressive rock carvings, is a wondrous art of early craftsmanship. provides insight into the skills of the ancient Sri Lanka.
Dating back to the 5th century to the time of King Dathuseana, the Aukana Buddha statue stands tall approximately 50 kilometers south of the city. The statue has been carved out from a hard granite rock and is a marvelous creation of artistry.
It is 108 meters in height and was among the tallest constructions of the ancient world.
Kala Wewa is a large, ancient irrigation tank, which was built by King Dhathusena (455-473 CE) in Anuradhapura.
Location: North Central, Sri Lanka. 4-5 hour drive from the International Airport
Climate: Average temperature is between 22 C to 30 C
Located in the dry zone of Sri Lanka Habarana is the centre point from which guests could explore the glorious past and the historical myths of Sri Lanka. Culture tourists as well as wildlife enthusiasts are bound to find this location a haven to escape. Habarana is closely located to the Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks which are the transit points to hundreds of Asian elephants and other wildlife during the dry season.
Attractions in Habarana
Riding on one of these gentle creatures is a truly amazing experience. Take a tour of the surroundings, the old fashioned way, climb aboard on a gentle giant and journey through nature. A large wooden platform is secured at the top of the elephant; this platform could hold up to four passengers comfortably. Riding on the backs of elephants was the primary mode of transportation used by kings in Sri Lanka.
Situated in between Polonnaruwa and Habarana. The park covers an area of 8890 hectares and is a transit lounge for the elephants travelling from Kaudulla to the Wasgomuwa national park. One could site 200-300 Asian elephants during the peak season which takes place during the dry season; June to September. You can go on wild life safaris in the nearby nature reserves. You will find elephants, deer, buffalos, peacocks, wild boar, and crocodiles in nature reserves.
Principally, this 6656 hectare park was established in 2002 to provide another link in the migratory elephant corridor between Somawathiya Chaitya National Park and Minneriya National Park.
Dambulla rock cave temple, ancient city of Anuradhapura and ancient city of Pollonnaruwa are located close to Habarana.
One of the greatest archaeological legacies. The rock mass is the hardened magma plug of an extinct volcano that eroded long ago. Sigiriya Rock comprises the rock itself, the royal gardens, the frescoes, the mirror wall, the lion platform and the summit. Sigiriya Rock's history is not proven but certain theories include that the formation served royal and military functions, that King Kashyapa sought residence there after murdering his father, or that Sigiriya was never a fortress or palace but rather a long-standing Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist monastery.
Bird and butterfly watching is another activity popular among nature lovers. Because of the surrounding lakes there's a huge bird population and some hotels provide you the facility of watching birds while going on a boat ride in the lake. Make sure you wear life jackets when boating.
Tractor ride, Bullock cart ride, and Village Lunch, Scenic walk through Hiriwaduna Trek.
Kaludiya Pokuna literally means the pool of black water, the pond received its name due to the dark shadows of the surrounding trees, boulders and mountains cast upon the water. Kaludiya Pokuna is situated on foot of the Mihintale hills. The buildings surrounding the pond are evident of an advanced hydraulic civilization that existed as the buildings are equipped with bath houses and toilets. The ruins of an arama are found in the banks of the Kalu diya Pokuna. According to legend and historical myth on new moon day Kalu Buddha Rakkhita Thera sat under the Thimbiriya tree that was located close to the Kaludiya Pokuna and preached a sermon based on Kalakarama Sutta.
Located north of Habarana, Ritigala was home to a forest monastery that was steeped in myth and superstition. Ritigala is considered to be the point from which the monkey-God of Hindu faith, Hanuman leapt over to India bearing the news of the whereabouts of princess Sita; who was being held against her will by Ravana the demon king of Sri Lanka. The mystery of the mountain remains because many plants with medicinal value that grow in the wet zone grow on these mountains; according to legend Hanuman dropped a few fragments of the Himalayas on top of the Ritigala Mountain.
Located 30 Km north of Dambulla, Akuna is known for the finely sculptured 12 m high statue of the Lord Buddha which is carved out of a rock face. The statue is believed to be built during the 5th century during the reign of King Dhatusena. The statue stands tall next to the Kala Wewa.
It was at Mihintale that the apostle Mahinda met King Devanampiyatissa on a full moon day in the month of Poson and officially introduced Buddhism to Sri Lanka in the 3rd century BC. A hill-top complex of stone structures reached by an impressive ancient stone stairway or 1840 steps. The historic site where Arahat Mahinda, son of Emperor Asoka of India, first preached Buddhism to Sri Lanka's king Devanampiyatissa.
Golden Rock Temple of Dambulla, famous for its Buddhist sculptures and paintings. Inscribed as the "Golden Temple of Dambulla", the complex of Buddhist shrine rooms have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site since 1991 and remains the best-preserved ancient site in the country. King Valagambahu fled to escape the south Indian invaders in the 1st century BC. The monks at the caves invited the King and concealed him from the invaders for a period of 15 years. When King Valagambahu regained his position he built a rock temple for the monks as a token of his appreciation.
Elephant Back Safari
The Minneriya National Park
Kaudulla National Park
Excursions to World heritage sites
Sigiriya rock fortress
Bird watching & Boat ride
Aukana Buddha Statue
Mihintale -13 km. east of Anuradhapura
Dambulla cave temples
Location: Situated in North Central of Sri Lanka. 5-6 hour drive from the International Airport.
Climate: Average temperature remains between 20�C and 34�C.
Anuradhapura is a sacred city for Buddhists that was once the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is now majorly in ruins but the ruins of ancient city still bring in an amazing picture of ancient Lankan civilization. The fascinating ancient ruins include, huge bell-shaped Stupas built of small sun-dried bricks, temples, sculptures, palaces, and ancient drinking-water reservoirs. The city of Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Anuradhapura remained the capital of Sri Lanka from 4th century BC till the beginning of the 11th century AD.
Tourists can visit some of the most famous, as well as the tallest Dagabas of Sri Lanka, remains from palaces, temples, monasteries, relics of ancient structures, ceremonial baths and the temple of the holy Bodhi-tree (Sri Maha Bodhi) in Anuradhapura. 2500 years ago the Buddha found enlightenment under this tree. Anuradhapura is also significant in Hindu legend as the capital of the Asura King Ravana in the Ramayana.
Attractions in Anuradhapura
King Mahasen's Palace
Abhayagiri Stupa and Monastery
Kala Wewa - Anuradhapura
Location: Is on the southeast of the island. 5-6 hours drive from the International Airport.
Climate: The mean annual temperature is 27 Celsius.
Yala National Park or Ruhuna National Park is the second largest and most visited national park in Sri Lanka. The park is best known for its elephants and Leopards. The park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. The national park hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. This national park offers a different ambience as you jeep through the cranky roads of the animal world with so many wildernesses to explore. Animals to spot for are elephants, peacocks, leopards, the sloth bears, wild boar, sambur, buffalos and deer to name a few. Camping on-site, could be arranged on request.
Attractions around Yala
Bundala National Park & Kumana National Park (for birds), Udawalawe National Park & Lahugala National Park (for elephants), Lunugamvehera National park is home to species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
A town with rich archaeological attractions. The Buddhists believe that lord Buddha visited Sri Lanka thrice, and on his third visit, he set foot on Tissamaharama. The site was consecrated by Lord Buddha, who spent some time in meditation with 500 Arhat's.
The ancient temple is sited atop a rocky outcrop with a view of the stunning beach. One of the most well-known attractions in Kirinda is the statue of Queen Viharamaha Devi. This is situated on the spot where she is said to have landed after being set adrift on the sea from Kelaniya. Note: Fisheries harbor in Kirinda is a bustling spot with incoming fishermen and fish traders with their catch of the day.
The largest and oldest, of the four man made reservoirs in the area and was constructed in the 3rd Century BC by King Yatala Tissa, the founder of the Ruhuna Kingdom. Today, with its remarkable bird life, it provides the scenic beauty to the town.
45 minutes boat ride in the Indian Ocean to discover the Maha Ravana light house.
One of the oldest and certainly the most venerated variety of religious sites of pilgrimage, devoted to various deities of Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim worship in Sri Lanka.
Location of International Surfing Competitions.
Buduruwagala remains reflecting a distinct Mahayana influence which prevailed in this region between the 3rd and 9th century AD.
The Buddha statue found here is made wholly of a single block of dolomite marble standing 36 feet from pedestal to crest is a mysterious creation. It is believed that this was sculpted elsewhere and brought to the present place during 7th century AD and erected by the use of unknown technology with its awesome height.
Visits to National Parks
Tissa Tank (wewa)
Maha Ravana light house
Buduruwagala and Sithulpawwa ancient sites
Excursion to Maligawila
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