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Anuradhapura, one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, holds a place of reverence as one of the island’s three sacred cities. Located in the north-central plain of Sri Lanka, it serves as the capital city of the North Central Province and the Anuradhapura District. Today, this city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated for its remarkably well-preserved ruins from the ancient Sinhalese civilization.

The ancient city, held sacred in the Buddhist world, is now surrounded by monasteries and spans an area of over sixteen square miles (40 km). Additionally, Anuradhapura features prominently in Hindu legend as the legendary capital of the Asura King Ravana in the epic Ramayana. A gigantic white dome represents the Ruwanweliseya (Great Stupa), a structure built by Dutugemunu, the heroic king of the Mahavamsa.

Anuradhapura is a key component of the cultural triangle and offers a wealth of top attractions, including Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruwanweli Stupa, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Stupa, Twin Ponds, Elephant Pond, Aukana Buddha Statue, Thuparamaya, Samadhi Buddha Statue, Isurumuniya, Mihintale, and Jetavanarama Stupa. To make your trip and create lasting memories, don’t forget to explore the local shopping in Anuradhapura, where you can find unique souvenirs such as replica artifacts and intricately carved wooden figures. Delux Holidays is here to make your holiday to Anuradhapura exceptional! Contact Tour Operator to Sri Lanka – Delux Holidays to visit Anuradhapura.


Anuradhapura has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982 under the name of the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, for its well-preserved remains and artifacts that depict the dynamic ancient Sinhala civilization and dynasties.

Anuradhapura, the former capital of Sri Lanka, is home to relics, stupas and rocky hills that bring an aura of serenity. Isurumuniya is one of the granite, marble and stone structures located near Tissa Wewa. This Buddhist temple boasts of architecture and sculptures that demonstrate the emancipation of the artists.

Anuradhapura was Sri Lanka’s first Planned City and the First Historical Capital of Sri Lanka founded in 5th century BC. It offers a fascinating look at a stately, carefully planned pre-Christian metropolis full of huge Buddhist shrines and monasteries, magnificent palaces, pavilions, and parks, bathing ponds, and large reservoirs.

The Ruwanweliseya stupa is also known as the Maha stupa and is one of the most adorned structures of the people of Sri Lanka. This magnificent stupa was built by King Dutugamunu, who was hailed to be the hero of the island.

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