First Ancient Capital
Ancient City of Anuradhapura is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka.
This ancient city is in the North Central Province, the city of Anuradhapura acts as a foundation to the Sinhalese Buddhist civilization because of its rich history. Anuradhapura, played a key role as the capital of the nation up until the 11th century AD. You will be able to witness countless stupas such as the Thuparamaya, which are thought to be second in magnitude only to the great pyramids of Khufru & Khafra at Gizeh, The Sri Maha Bodiya is a revered tree amongst the Buddhist which is one of the major attractions of the city.
Aukana Buddha statue is located at 30km northwest of Dambulla close to ancient Kala Weva man-made rainwater reservoir. Aukana Buddha Statue in Sri Lanka that rise to a height off 11.36 meters, is the tallest ancient Buddha statue in Sri Lanka.
Mihintale Mountain, with the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, began to serve as a residential area for the venerable monks headed by Arahath Mahinda Mahathera. But soon, with the royal patronage, the sanctuary housed a multitude of with monastic buildings-stupas, “uposathgharas, bodhigharas”- to serve the monks. Sixty-eight cave dwellings provided the monks shade and shelter. Mihintale, the sanctuary for many thousands of laymen as well as holy men, had all the facilities and amenities for basic living.