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Tags : Historical Site

Timings : 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Time Required : December -

Entry Fee : LKR 4500 (Entrance to City)

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Anuradhapura Ruins, Anuradhapura Overview

Anuradhapura’s history and existence go back as early as the 4th century BC. Being that ancient and encountering over 2000 years of historic events, Anuradhapura is now home to ruins fortress, palaces, temples, stupas museums and everything one thinks of when they think of Royalty.

Being the birthplace of Buddhism Anuradhapura ruins have the twin ponds (Kuttam Pokuna), royal botanical gardens, the tissa wewa and the royal museum to its name. Tissa wewa was an artificial reservoir built by King Devanampiya Tissa, that was overlooked by white stupas. Kuttam Pokuna is a water pumping pond that had a hydraulics system pumping water in those days. The moonstone of Abhayagiri Vihara, a monastery was placed at an elevation of 75m from the forest floor.

The royal botanical gardens (Ranmasu Uyana) stone carved structures that were in use during monarchy surrounded by greenery. And the important structure that holds facts and insights of all this is the Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum. It is situated in the old kachcheri building and was established post the colonial times. Thus the Anuradhapura ruins serve as a walk down historic events and offer an eerie experience.

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Travel Within Anuradhapura

Within the city, the ruins of Anuradhapura are scattered, and monuments adorn the entire capital city. The ideal form of transport to travel within are tuk-tuks or bicycles. Tuk-tuks are a local mode of transportation and incredibly fun too. You can get them for as cheap as USD 18.

Tips to Travel to Anuradhapura

The weather is warm and hot all around the year. May and June are when the sun shines vividly, while October to December is slightly more relaxed. Bring caps and shades along with a bottle to stay hydrated throughout your stay in Anuradhapura. A comfortable three days should be enough time to explore the city along with a visit to Dambulla.

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