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A visit to UNESCO Anuradhapura citadel

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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 Overview

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:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Entrance fees and water is provided – there is a cool box in the vehicle and if you’re exploring the area by bike your biking guide will carry water.

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Approx. 2 hours + the driving there and back or to your next activity.

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Moderate. We rank it as Moderate not because of a climb as the surface is flat but because of the heat.

Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Kids may not follow the explanation, however there’s plenty of space to play. If you are doing the visit by bike – note kid’s bikes are not available.

Meeting time:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
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:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
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:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
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.

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
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.




Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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