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Best things to do in Anuradhapura

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Premise
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Place of Worship
“Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi (Sinhala: ජය ශ්‍රී මහා බොධිය) is a Sacred Fig tree in the Mahamewna Gardens, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.”
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Place of Worship
“The Ruwanwelisaya is a stupa in Sri Lanka, considered a marvel for its architectural qualities and sacred to many Buddhists all over the world.”
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Indian Restaurant
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Buddhist Temple
Chinese Restaurant
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Buddhist Temple
“Thuparamaya is a dagoba in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is a Buddhist sacred place of veneration.”
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Place of Worship
“Abhayagiri stupa belongs to the aramic complex of Abhayagiriya Viharaya which was constructed in the reign of King Vattagamini Abaya (commonly known as King Valagamba) in the 1st Century BC. Today, the main attraction of this aramaic complex is the massive Abayagiri Stupa which stands at 74.98 meters to the tip of the damaged spire. It is the second largest stupa in the island today. According to the 5th century traveler Chinese monk Fa-Hsien’s descriptions, this stupa has been 400 feet (122 meters) in height and has been decorated with gold and silver and studded with all kinds of jewels. There also has been a 20 foot (6.1 meters) high Buddha statue made out of green jade.”
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Locality
“Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilization”
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Route
“If you are looking for something local authentic Dinner for reasonable price, It's call "Gami Gedara". ”
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Bed & Breakfast
“A peaceful bungalow with a lovely view of Tissawewa tank and the magnificent stupas”
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Route
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Historic Site
“This tree was brought to the Island during the reign of the Great King Devanampiyathissa, three centuries before the dawn of the Common Era from Bodhgaya in Central India, by the famous Buddhist nun, Theree Sanghamitta, the only daughter of Emperor Dharmasoka. It was named the ‘bodhi’ tree because Prince Siddhartha attained Enlightenment (sambodhi) in its shade. This original tree at Bodhgaya is no more and as a result the tree at Anuradhapura becomes the oldest documented historic tree in the world. Saplings of this tree were sent to different parts of the island, and Buddhists believe that all the bodhi trees in the island today have their genetic links with this tree.”
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