Anuradhapura was the capital of the island until the 10th Century and remains the most sacred city in the country. Stay there for at least two days (a charming rest house lies on the grounds of the ancient city) to appreciate the treasures of the site that archeologists are still searching (the simplest means is by hiring a bycicle). Worth seeing: The temple housing the sacred tree, 'Bo', a descendant of the Ficus religiosa under which the Buddha received illumination, the sculptures of the Isurumuniya temple and the immense 'dagobas' that raise their domes above the paddy fields.
Anuradhapura is the former capital of Sri Lanka. Because of its many ancient ruins, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site© DINODIA / age fotostock
The dagoba is a large cupola with a 100 meter diameter located in Anuradhapura.© Lyubov Timofeyeva / age fotostock
There are many statues of Buddha decorating the ruins of Anuradhapura.© DINODIA / age fotostock
The frescoes and statues decorating the walls of the site are very colourful.© DINODIA / age fotostock
Sculptures were carved right into the walls of the ancient capital.© DINODIA / age fotostock