5 Unique Historical Sites in and around Anuradhapura – A walk through the sands of time

Posted - 31 Jan, 2020

The World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura, has long been enthralling the tourist with its unique historical sites. Dispersed all over the city are tokens of an ancient civilization that flourished and thrived eons ago.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The ingenuity of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is unfathomable. The UNESCO site has been a pull for travellers who like to marvel at the ruins of a lost kingdom.

Several resorts in Anuradhapura are located in close proximity to Sigirya; one such luxury resort is Ulagalla. Surrounded by lush greenery, the place is the embodiment of grandeur, culture and heritage.


Built by King Dutugamunu, Ruwanweliseya is a large stupa standing tall at 338 feet. The surrounding platforms and paved courts add to the allure of the site.

Wilpattu National Park

The oldest national park in the country, Wilpattu National Park is an hour away from Anuradhapura. An enclosure of wildlife, the park is a must-visit for anyone touring Anuradhapura.

Archeological Museum

The museum holds a collection of artefacts pertinent to the days these lands were ruled by kings. The museum is an absolute paradise for those who love history and the ones who have a knack for learning about ancient civilizations.

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

One of the oldest trees in recorded history, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is an unsevered link to Gautama Buddha. The tree has given a focus to the devoted and is visited by Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. The tree is believed to be a sapling of Sri Maha Bodhi in Buddha Gaya.

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