Anuradhapura the first capital founded in 457BC has an extensive history with Sinahalese Kings ruling from this once-powerful city for over a thousand years Nowadays ancient ruins of palaces and irrigation tanks are all that remain of this ancient kingdom, however these archaeological treasures even with ageing are worth discovering

Things to see and do:

Visit the Sri Ma ha Bodhi a sacred Bodhi tree that has been kept alive for over 2000 years and has its roots (literally) in the history of Sri Lankan religion

See the Thuparama Dagoba, the oldest dagoba in Sri Lanka

Stand in awe of the Mahasena’s Palace decorated with carved moonstone

Take a stroll through what were once the Royal Pleasure Gardens

Visit the Isuruuminiya Vihara Rock Temple to see some excellent carvings from 5th century AD

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