Anuradhapura is considered the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, with a population of about 50,540 people, and the city is famous for its mild climate suitable for trips and adventures, and it is one of the main tourist cities in Sri Lanka because it contains a large number of prominent historical ruins BC, as it includes the Royal Garden, which is famous for containing many Historical monuments from the third century B.C. It also includes many important Buddhist temples that are visited by tourists from all over the world due to their amazing design and historical importance. In addition, the city is famous for its unique and scenic parks and landscapes, such as the twin ponds and Anuradhapura Natural Park. It also provides distinguished services and facilities that suit tourists such as easy transportation, restaurants and cafes, hotels and resorts whose prices are commensurate with the budget of travelers.
On the way to “Okana” visit the magnificent 12-meter standing Buddha statue, which was carved in the rock in the fifth century AD, then visit the giant “Kalawiwa” reservoir that was built in the fourth century AD.
Anuradhapura – It is the largest and oldest ancient city of Sri Lanka. Visiting “Anuradhapura” is the top and most important part of the tour in the cultural triangle. One might say it takes more effort to imagine where it was two thousand years ago, with its grand palaces and domes nearly nine stories high, a 24 km (16 mi) long processional highway, and the ornate palaces of Sinhalese nobles and wealthy foreign merchants that invite for pride.
It was founded by King Bandukabaya in 437 BC, and in the middle of the third century BC, Anuradhapura became famous until it reached the Hellenistic Roman world in the Mediterranean region. In the first century AD, Anuradhapura established trade and diplomatic relations with China. The treasures of the Jetavana have been discovered in the past twenty years (some of them are now on display at the partially completed Jetavanarama Museum) and show evidence of these links with East and West. Anuradhapura was the royal seat of more than 250 Buddhist and Hindu kings recorded in the royal lineages, and was a prominent city on the island for about 1,400 years. If time permits, you can also visit Mihantala, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.It was founded by King Bandukabaya in 437 BC, and in the middle of the third century BC, Anuradhapura became famous until it reached the Hellenistic Roman world in the Mediterranean region. In the first century AD, Anuradhapura established trade and diplomatic relations with China. The treasures of the Jetavana have been discovered in the past twenty years (some of them are now on display at the partially completed Jetavanarama Museum) and show evidence of these links with East and West. Anuradhapura was the royal seat of more than 250 Buddhist and Hindu kings recorded in the royal lineages, and was a prominent city on the island for about 1,400 years. If time permits, you can also visit Mihantala, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Thuban Maya Daghba Temple
Thubarmaya Dhagba is the first Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. It is located in the sacred area of Mahamona Park. It is the oldest dagoba to be built on the island. Built in 247-207 BC, the temple was officially recognized by the government as an archaeological site in Sri Lanka. The temple is characterized by its beautiful construction in the form of a bell, and although it was destroyed many times over the ages, it still preserves its magnificent structure and amazing architectural style, and the outer garden of the temple includes many archaeological remains such as statues and dazzling stone carvings that must be seen.
Star Gate – Ranmasu Uyana
This site is considered one of the most prominent landmarks found and engraved on a stone wall is a strange map like the graph known to many as the “star gate”. In the universe, the discovery of stargate signs created waves among archaeologists and prehistoric investigators, as some drawing parallels between the Stargate plans found in Abu Ghraib in Egypt and the “gateway to the gods” in Peru. And a strange coincidence of the three signs was found in the vicinity of a waterway with advanced engineering methods that led to various theories
Samadhi Buddha Statue
This statue is one of the most famous ancient statues in the city, which is located in Mahamivnawa Park in the city of Anuradhapura. The statue takes the form of a seated Buddha in a meditating position. The statue is 2.13 meters tall and carved from dolomite marble. The statue dates back to about the fourth to sixth centuries and is considered one of the best Buddha statues in Sri Lanka. Visitors must remove their shoes if they wish to approach the statue in the middle of the picturesque garden, and they can also take many memorial photos of this place and the statue.
Rathna Prasadaya is one of the most important historical and archaeological landmarks in the city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, which is visited by many locals and tourists because it is one of the dazzling masterpieces in the city, and this site was a skyscraper built by the king who ruled Ceylon from 167 to 186 AD, and the building was renovated during the eighth centuries The tenth, visitors can see the relics of Tapovana Bahchus belonging to the Pansakolica sect in this historical site, also beautiful guard stones of Abhayagiri Viharia were found here, besides, the most beautiful guard stones can be seen in this building.
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
One of the sacred Buddhist temples in the city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka, and is located near the sacred fig tree, which Buddhists believe is one of the oldest trees on the globe, and it is one of the landmarks that gave the city religious significance in the world, and this tree is taken care of by Buddhist monks, where They are protected by golden walls and there are many wooden benches so that visitors can sit near them, along with the arcades. This temple and garden are visited by huge numbers of locals and tourists from all over the world due to its historical blindness and its special beauty.
Ranmasu Uyana – Royal Park
We advise you while wandering in the city of Anuradhapura to visit Ranmasu Yana Garden, which is one of the most beautiful gardens in Sri Lanka, as it includes the Royal Archaeological Garden. Pre-Christian. In this picturesque garden there are many ponds and the remains of small historical buildings dating back to the eighth and ninth century AD. In addition, according to legend, it is believed that Prince Saliya met Asukamala in this garden.
Isurumuniya Rajamaha Viharaya
This amazing temple dates back to 307-267 BC, and is one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in the city. Around it is a beautiful lotus pond, engraved with a corner of pictures with elephants comically spraying water, while the central temple contains some frescoes. Beautiful bronze Buddhist statues, and you can climb around the back to the top of the rocks to see a bell-shaped stupa alongside Buddha’s footprints carved into the rock. The small museum next to this temple features the famous “Lovers” carvings, which date from about the fifth century AD and were carved in the artistic style of the Indian Gupta dynasty in the fourth and fifth centuries.
Gal Palama (Stone Bridge)
This bridge is a beautiful historical place that must be visited, and this bridge was founded in ancient times, the stone bridge made of boulders emerging from the rocks of the ancient city of Anuradhapura is a classic example of the engineering marvels that Sri Lankan ancestors were able to achieve, where the ancient Sri Lankans understanding of how Achieving balance when building bridges, so it is an unparalleled urban masterpiece, and the age of this bridge is not less than 2000 years. This apparent bridge is surrounded by picturesque and dazzling nature that provides the place with a special charm and beauty.