Anuradhapura, an ancient city located on the Northern Province of Sri Lanka is famous for its historically ruined architectural sites. From creatively crafted stupas to sacred temples to beautifully carved pools, Anuradhapura will offer you a journey to the older time where you can capture some of the most beautiful monuments. Many of these ancient sites also organize ceremonies with which they light up in colors and offer a spiritual delight to those who are looking for it in life.
- Hike up to the top of Mihintale.
- Visit the sacred temple of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.
- Explore the rock temple of Isurumuniya.
- Enjoy a calming walk in the Royal Botanical Garden.
- Visit the Lake for a serene sunset view.
- A morning hike to the Lion’s Rock in Sigiriya.
Tour Itinerary - Anuradhapura City Sightseeing Tour
Day 01 : Departure from Colombo – Sightseeing in Anuradhapura
As per the scheduled departure, you will leave for Anuradhapura early in the morning and will be delighted to follow 2-3 hours long drive along with the lush green beauty of Sri Lanka. On reaching Anuradhapura, you will check-in to your hotel room and get yourself refresh from the earlier drive.
Then, you will proceed with your sightseeing tour of Anuradhapura. First, you will visit the sacred hill of Mihintale. The large Buddha statue built on top of this hill is the place where it is believed that Lord Buddha landed after flying from India and finally, spiritualized the land of Sri Lanka with his mere presence. For this, you may have to hike up some stairs.
Then, you will be driven to the sacred site of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi temple where a large fig tree is worshipped inside a temple complex. And, it is the very place where Lord Buddha is presumed to attain the enlightenment.
Next, you will proceed towards the Isurumuniya which is beautiful temple carved inside a big rock and has many portraits that showcase the love of different people creatively carved. You will enjoy a serene environment here at this place and it may soothe your mind from all kinds of negativity looming in your head.
Just a two-minute walk away from Isurumuniya, you will enjoy a calming walk in the interiors of Royal Garden.
Later, you will go to Tissa Wewa Lake which is an artificial reservoir and enjoy a soothing sunset view from here.
And afterwards, you will be escorted back to your hotel room where you will enjoy your overnight stay.
Day 2 :Hiking to Sigiriya – Departure for Colombo
Next morning, you will again wake up early in the morning and leave for Sigiriya where a Lion’s Rock is located up in the mountains and will give a rare sight of nature. You will also enjoy a packed breakfast during this journey. On reaching the place, you will oversee a large rock beautifully carved on a hill and will also witness the serene beauty of nature.
After the excursion, you will be escorted back to Colombo where this trip will finally end and our representative will say his goodbye to you.
- Pick-up and drop from Colombo for the Anuradhapura city tour.
- Accommodation in a 3-star hotel room.
- Packed Breakfast for the trekking trip to Sigiriya.
- Transfer to various sightseeing site on a private vehicle.
- Any personal expense like camera fee, baggage fee, etc.
- Dinner will also be covered by you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q.What is the significance of Anuradhapura?
A. The ancient city of Anuradhapura is one of the most important archaeological sites which represents the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.
Q.Which is the oldest city in Sri Lanka?
A. Anuradhapura is the oldest city in Sri Lanka.
Q.Which places can be covered in a full day city tour of Anuradhapura?
A. The places that are covered in a full day of Anuradhapura city tour are: mihintale, jaya sri maha bodhi, Isurumuniya, tissa wewa lake, royal garden etc.
Q.What had happened to the city of Anuradhapura?
A. The city of Anuradhapura had flourished for 1300 years before it was destroyed by the Cholas in the year 993.
Q.Is anuradhapura a UNESCO world heritage site?
A. Yes. the sacred city of anuradhapura is a UNESCO world heritage site.