Anuradhapura

Best time of year to visit Anuradhapura

The ancient city can be visited right throughout the year. If you want to visit the city in its best dry climate we would recommend that you visit from May - September

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. It was the 3rd capital of the Rajarata kingdom after Thambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.

The city, now a World Heritage site declared by UNESCO, lies 205km north of the current capital Colombo in Sri Lanka’s north central province, on the banks of the historic Malvatthu Oya. It is one of the older continuous inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

From the 4th century BC, it was the capital of Sri Lanka until the beginning of the 11th century AD. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of political power and urban life in South Asia. The ancient city, considered sacred to the Buddhist world, is today surrounded by monasteries covering an area of over sixteen square miles (40 kmĀ²)

Anuradhapura lies in what is known as the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka; when visiting this ancient city, be sure to also visit Polonnaruwa and Dambulla

Tourist attractions in Anuradhapura

  • Abhayagiri Dagoba & Museum
  • Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba
  • Sri Maha Bodhi
  • Jethawanaramaya Dagoba & Museum
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Isurumuniya Vihara
  • Ratnaprasada
  • Sandahiru Seya
  • Thuparama Dagoba
  • Royal Pleasure Gardens
  • Kuttam Pokuna
  • Mirisavatiya Dagoba
  • Mihintale Temple