Discover the Ancient Wonders of Anuradhapura

Duration from Hotel : ~33 min

Distance from Hotel : 21 kms

Difficulty Level : 3

Located just an hour’s drive from Elephas Resort, the ancient city of Anuradhapura is a must-see destination for any traveler interested in Sri Lanka’s rich history and culture. Founded in the 4th century BC, Anuradhapura was once the capital of the island and home to a thriving Buddhist civilization that spanned over a thousand years.

Today, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important archaeological sites in Sri Lanka, with numerous temples, stupas, and other structures dating back centuries. Some of the highlights include the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree that is said to have grown from a cutting of the original Bodhi Tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment; the massive Ruwanwelisaya Stupa, which dates back to the 2nd century BC; and the Abhayagiri Dagoba, one of the tallest ancient structures in the world.

Exploring Anuradhapura is like stepping back in time, with its ancient ruins and religious sites providing a glimpse into Sri Lanka’s fascinating past. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the city’s winding streets, visit the museums and galleries that showcase the area’s rich history, or simply marvel at the intricate architecture of the temples and stupas that dot the landscape.

For those interested in spiritual exploration, Anuradhapura is a pilgrimage site for Buddhists from around the world. The city is home to some of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka, and visitors can participate in meditation and other spiritual practices alongside the locals.

Whether you’re a history buff, a spiritual seeker, or simply looking for an adventure, a visit to Anuradhapura is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Sri Lanka. And with Elephas Resort just an hour’s drive away, it’s the perfect day trip for guests looking to explore the wonders of this ancient city.