Anuradhapura is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Summer Holiday Destinations in Asia.
The sprawling ancient city of Anuradhapura is full of dreamy stepped pools and bell-shaped stupas, or dagobas (some as large as 60 metres high and 340 metres in circumference), many of them gleaming white, while others have faded to overgrown, sun-baked brick. It was first founded in the sixth century BC in fertile, undulating countryside irrigated by numerous tanks. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Buddhism's holiest places - partly because of the 2200-year-old Sri Maha Bodhi tree, grown from a cutting of the Indian tree beneath which Buddha found Enlightenment - it also features in the Hindu Ramayana. The once-walled, planned city, with its palaces, monasteries and cemeteries, was the capital for 1300 years from 377BC. The Archaeological Museum is excellent and worth a visit.
Features in the following itineraries
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Anonymous, India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Leslie Siben, India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India