The ancient city of Anuradhapura – Cultural Triangle
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Ancient cities don’t get much bigger than Anuradhapura, and few capitals around the world have ever been as long lasting. Dating back to the fourth century BC, Anuradhapura was the spiritual and secular capital of the island for well over a millennium. At its height, the city was dotted with monasteries and home to over 10,000 monks, many of these monasteries and colossal dagobas can still be seen today. The story of Anuradhapura can be mystic at times, and visitors to the sacred site have been said to feel stillness in time.
EXPERIENCE DESCRIPTION: Anuradhapura consists of more than a dozen archeological sites. Typically one moves around from site to site either by bike or inside the vehicle. The most important / significant sites are the 3 largest man mad stupas in Sri Lanka, which were – at the time of the pyramids of Egypt – the second largest man-made structures in the world. Then Sri Maha Bodhi, is a Sacred Fig said to be the southern branch from the tree under which lord Buda was enlightened. Altogether the visit to Anuradhapura takes approximately 2 to 3 hours.
Includes: Entrance Fees and water is always provided – there is a cool box in the vehicle and if you are exploring the area by bike your biking guide will carry water or know where to stop for a fresh coconut.
Duration: Approx. 2 hours + the driving there and back or to your next activity.
Difficulty: Moderate. We rank it as Moderate not because of a climb as the surface is flat but because of the heat.
Suitable for children: Little children may not follow the explanations of the guide. That said, there is plenty of space to run around. If you are doing the visit by bike – note children’s bikes are not available.
Meeting Time: 9.00 AM to 12.00 AM, 10.00 AM to 1.00 PM, 2.00 PM to 5.00 PM
What to wear or bring along: Light clothing, sun cream, a hat. You might want to bring a change of shirt or t-shirt.
Important to know: You might like to see Anuradhapura by bike – a fun way of seeing town. The bike ride takes approximately 1 hour. The terrain is flat. Discuss this with your driver the day before for him to organize.
Private or not? The visit is private, guided by your chauffeur guide, national guide or site guide. That said, there may be other people around at the site.