Anuradhapura although limited to picturesque ruins today this sacred city was the epicenter of the country’s civilization during the medieval era.
The city is renowned for the multiplicity of religious and archeological sites that offers a plethora of sightseeing opportunities ranging from the striking ancient stupas (mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics) of small sun-dried bricks to ruins of ancient temples, sculptures, the sacred Bo tree(Peepal tree) site as well as the several ancient man-made tanks that deck the city’s landscape. Moreover, the troupes of cheeky, toque monkeys that inhabit the sites are not to be missed!
The climate is pleasant and sunny so opting to visit locations of sightseeing on a bike can be quite enjoyable. It is advisable to avoid the wet season (October – March) if you are planning to visit Anuradhapura on a tight schedule as it could hinder chances of sightseeing.