Sacred City of Anuradhapura from Mount Lavinia
Anuradhapura is one of the largest and most ancient cities of Sri Lanka. The location of the capital of the first major kingdom of the island. It was a very religious city.
- Hotel pickup and drop off from Mount Lavinia.
- Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned vehicle.
- Service of an English-speaking chauffeur guide.
- Water bottle (per-person).
- Food and beverages where not specified.
- Gratuities (Optional).
- Expenses of Personal Nature.
What to Expect
Anuradhapura was first settled by Anuradha, a follower of Prince Vijaya the founder of the Sinhala race. Later, it was made the capital by king Pandukabhaya at about 380 B.C. according to the Mahavansa, the epic of Sinhala History, King Pandukabhaya’s city was a model of planning. Precincts were set aside for huntsmen, for scavengers, and for heretics as well as for foreigners. There were hostels and hospitals, at least one Jain chapel, and cemeteries for high and low castes. A water supply was assured by the construction of tanks, artificial reservoirs, of which the one named after the king itself exists to this day under the altered name of Basawakkulam. Visit important landmarks such as Jetavanarama, which was one of the tallest buildings in the ancient world, the Sri Maha Bodhi, and the ruins of the huge Abhayagiri Monastery.