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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

North Central Province, Sri Lanka.

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s historic first capital, boasts a rich legacy that continues to captivate Australians seeking an authentic travel experience. This city, a pivotal seat of power from 377 BC to 1017 AD, remains a testament to Sri Lanka’s earliest kingdoms. Anuradhapura’s global significance is further underscored by its UNESCO World Heritage Site status, primarily due to its crucial role in the development of Theravada Buddhism.

Today, Anuradhapura remains a must-visit destination, attracting countless visitors with its awe-inspiring ancient structures that have withstood the test of time. The city’s landscape is dotted with striking dagobas, historic temples, and monasteries, alongside meticulously crafted man-made lakes, each telling a story of a bygone era. Highlights include the majestic Ruwanwelisaya, the serene Samadhi Buddha statue, the imposing Jetawanaramaya, and the historic Mirisawetiya, all embodying the profound Buddhist influence that shaped the city.

For Australians keen on exploring a city that’s a jewel in Sri Lanka’s historical crown, Anuradhapura offers an unparalleled glimpse into an ancient civilization’s heart and soul. Discover the top attractions in Anuradhapura, where history and spirituality merge to create an unforgettable journey.

Must-see attractions for your itinerary

Nearby Anuradhapura attractions


Points of Interest & Landmarks | Religious Sites


Architectural Buildings | Religious Sites

Wilpattu National Park​

Nature & Wildlife Areas

Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds)

Bodies of Water

Isurumuniya Temple​

Points of Interest & Landmarks | Religious Sites

Jethawanaramaya Stupa​

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Abhayagiri Dagaba​

Monuments & Statues

Moonston (Sandakada pahana)

Ancient Ruins

Ranmasu Uyana​

Ancient Ruins

Dagoba of Thuparama​

Religious Sites

Samadhi Buddha Statue

Architectural Buildings | Religious Sites

Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond​

Bodies of Water

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