Anuradhapura, the pride of a civilization, first organized capital city of ancient Sri Lanka as well as one of the five largest cities of its time in South Asia. Anuradhapura city has a multitudinous count of historical remaining both well preserved and ruins which are worthy and luckily to watch for. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruvanvelisaya Dagoba, Isurumuniya, Royal Pleasure Garden (Ranmasu Uyana), Samadhi Buddha Statue, Jethawanaramaya Stupa, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), Vessagiriya Ruins, Mirisaveti Stupa, Lankarama Sthupa, Lovamahapaya, Vessagiri, Tissa wewa, Kala wewa are some other sites to be visited when journeying around Anuradhapura. Visit some selected places in the city tour.
These are words heard thousand years ago at Mihintale. "Oh! Great King, the birds of the air & the beasts have an equal right to live & move about in any part of this land as thou. The lands belong to the peoples & all other beings & thou art only the guardian of it" said by Arahath Mahinda thero to king Devanampiyatissa revealing a doctrine where everyone’s life security praised with immense importance. Now you are here. Where a great compassion revealed.
That significant historical incident happened in Mihintale which is one of the sixteen sacred sites in Sri Lanka according to Buddhism and can be known to the cradle of Buddhist civilization in Sri Lanka. Mihintale holds immense importance in culture, history as well as archaeology. The stupa or Dagoba, the rock and caves structures have compacted the Mihintale site. Enchanted environmentally, spiritually and famed from the 307 BC.