City of pride
Anuradhapura being the first kingdom in Sri Lankan history, it is full of places that have archaeological and architectural importance. Enormous stupa, ancient pools and temples, that were built during Anuradhapura kingdom add more value to this place. Also it is a Buddhist sacred area. Other historically related places such as Mihinthale, Thanthirimale and Nellikulama are also close to Anuradhapura.
There is so much to see in Anuradhapura, including eight major places, monuments, ancient ruins and monasteries. Sri Maha Bodhiya is the main attraction of all the Buddhists who visit this historical city. It is perhaps the oldest living tree that is in the world. The Lord Buddha attained the bliss of Nirvana under the shelter of Sri Maha Bodhiya. That is the reason why this tree is worshipped and respected by all the Buddhists all over the world. A branch from Sri Maha Bodhiya was brought by Sanghamitta Theri and was planted in Anuradhapura.
Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya, Isurumuniya, Lovamahapaya, Jetavanarama, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Mirisaveti Stupa, Lankarama are must see places in this city. There are numerous tanks such as “Thisa Wewa” that was built in old days by ruling kings.
You should also see the Samadhi Statue in the Mahamevuna Park. It is considered as one of the best pieces of sculpture on the site. This is a granite statue which is carved in the Dhyana mudra. By looking at the statue you will have a calm feeling.
Trips Lanka will take you to Kuttam Pokuna which is of course another great piece of art you should see in Anuradhapura.