Anuradhapura old town is one of the most important places in Sri Lanka. The history of the past capital starts around 500 CE. In this time it was one of the greatest centers of Buddhism and one of the biggest ancient towns in Asia with an area bigger than 1 km squared. Almost all of the monuments are in a beautiful park. So it is definitely worth to see it :). Visiting Anuradhapura could take even a few days to see all of the monuments but I will try to show you the most important monuments in one day. We will meet close to Mirisawetiya Stupa (sacred city) or we can choose the place based on your need. -You can choose to do a walking tour or rent bicycles (4 USD each) or if you have your own vehicle I can join you -We will go through many important monuments such as Sacred Bo Tree, Ruwanweliseya stupa, Isurumuniya temple and more -these monuments are included the price except for Isurumuniya temple. (200 Rp) -Lastly, we can visit souvenir shops and spice market If you want, your experience can be even deeper. In my garden in villige of Talawa (coutryside) I have built the small house, where I accommodate travelers searching for unforgettable experience with the real Sri Lankan life. Here is the link for listing: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13886001?s=67&shared_item_type=1&virality_entry_point=1&sharer_id=82215901&unique_share_id=5fa172a4-bd21-479e-a83f-e5bf0128edb
My name is Heenkenda and I am a local of Talawa, Sri Lanka who worked in a hotel in Anuradhapura for 16 years and I have spent the past three years as an English teacher in my village just 12 km from Anuradhapura. I am fluent in English and enjoy meeting people from all over the world. I am passionate about helping the less fortunate children in my village and offer them free English lessons. I also enjoy sharing my culture and country with foreigners and I want to give them a good tour of Anuradhapura and its rich history.
We will make a small picnic in the park (sandwich, fruit and juice)
Sacred Bo Tree - probably the oldest historic tree in the world brought from India by Buddhist monks Jethawanaramaya Dagaba - the biggest pagoda in the city, with museum (entrance fee) Thuparamaya Dagaba - Sir Lanka's first pagoda Ruwanwelisaya Dagaba - another historical pagoda Thissa Wewa lake - a lake in the historical center ThIsurumuniya Temple - one of the oldest temples Vessagiriya - ruins of a palace Souvenir & spice shops
Guests can choose between a walking tour or bicycle tour but the cost of bicycle rentals is additional. Entrance price to the temple is also not included.