Things to do in Anuradhapura - Bicycle Tour
For over a thousand years, it was the capital of a great civilisation; then for a thousand years more it lay in ruins, overgrown by forest, inhabited only by leopards and bears. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world’s largest archaeological ‘dig’, a renowned beauty spot and a centre of Buddhist pilgrimage. And it is right on our doorstep.
Among the things to do in Anuradhapura Sri Lanka is our half-day bicycle tour, you’ll depart after an early breakfast or lunch and tour the ancient city, seeing gargantuan stupas like clouds brought to earth, ingenious irrigation works, palaces and monasteries that display the cunning of ancient engineers and stonemasons, enchanting works of art and – still growing – a tree grown from a cutting of the original bo tree under which the Buddha is said to have attained enlightenment.
As you ride among the green lawns and tree-shaded avenues of ancient Anuradhapura, it is not hard to imagine how this city must have appeared in the days of its pomp. Its enchantment will endure long after you have returned to Ulagalla and the modern world.
- Time of departure – Best times to go 7am or 3pm.
- Duration – 4 Hours includes 45 minutes by vehicle to and from Anuradhapura and 2.5 Hours cycling time.
- Cycling Distance – 10km to 15 kms on the flat
- What is included – Vehicle transport to Anuradhapura if you do not have your own transport, bicycles, water bottles, a map of the route round Anuradhapura, entrance fees to Anuradhapura, a picnic drink and snack at Elephant Pond, fresh juice and cool towel on your return Home.
What to bring/wear – comfortable, cool clothes which are suitable for cycling and a temple visit, a sunhat, gym shoes, your camera.