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Private Day Tour to the Sacred City of Anuradhapura

If you have only a limited time in Sri Lanka and want to take an easy day trip from Negombo or Colombo then book this private tour to Anuradhapura. Get a sight into the country's ancient past as you explore the monuments and ruins of the UNESCO-listed site. The remnants of Anuradhapura are unequivocally the most expressive sites of South Asia. This sprawling complex is composed of an opulent collection of architectural and archaeological marvels: gigantic brick towers, crumbling temples, humongous dagobas and archaic pools that were all constructed during the rule of Anuradhapura which went on for several thousand years. At present, most of the sites there remain in use solely as temples and holy places.
• Personalized private tour
• English speaking chauffeur
• Lunch in a local restaurant provided
• Hotel pick up and drop off included

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10 to 12 hours


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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • English speaking chauffeur
    • All entrance fees
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Entry/Admission - Isurumuniya Temple
    What's excluded :
    • Personal expenses
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka

    You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the sacred city of Anuradhapura. Your first itinerary for the day will be the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya. It is the oldest living tree in documented history of the world. It is a sapling from the historical Bodhi tree under which Buddha enlightened. It was planted in 288 BCF and is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. It was brought from Buddhagaya India by the Ven. Sanghamitta Therini, a sister of Arhant Mahinda – who introduced the Teachings of the Buddha to Sri Lanka.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ruwanwelisaya, Abhayawewa Rd, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka

    Next you'll visit Ruwanweliseya. Ruwanweliseya, also known as the Swarnamali Maha Chaitya, is the most venerated and well known stupa in Sri Lanka. The stupa was constructed by King Dutugemunu in 140 BC. It's one of the world’s tallest monuments, standing at 103 metres with a circumference of 290 metres.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Isurumuniya Temple, At Royal Pleasure Gardens, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka

    Your next stop will be the Isurumuniya Vihara. The Isurumuniya Viharaya was constructed during the reign of Devanampiya Tissa who governed in Anuradhapura, the country’s capital. There are magnificent carvings in this temple which have attracted large numbers of locals and tourists. The Elephant Pond, the carving of the Royal Family and the unforgotten Isurumuniya Lovers are among the most attractive carvings of this majestic temple.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Dagoba of Thuparama, Anuradhapura Sri Lanka

    Next you'll visit the Dagoba of Thuparama. Located in the sacred area of Mahamewna park, the Thuparamaya Stupa is the earliest Dagoba to be constructed in the island, dating back to the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa. It stores the right collar bone of Lord Buddha which was brought by Mahinda Thera, son of Ashoka, and gave it to the then king Devanampiyatissa who enshrined the Relic by building a Stupa over it.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Jethawanaramaya Stupa, Watawandana Road B341, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka

    Next you'll visit Jethawanarama. Jethawanaramaya Stupa built by King Mahasena (276-303) is the largest stupa in the Sri Lanka. It was originally 400 feet (122 meters) in height and was the third tallest building in the world at that time. Even today as a brick monument, Jethawanaramaya still remains the tallest of its kind in the world.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), Watawandana Road, Anuradhapura 50000 Sri Lanka

    Finally you'll visit the Kuttam Pokuna. “Kuttam Pokuna” or “Twin Ponds” is a unique creation of ancient architecture and considered as one of the significant achievement in hydrological engineering in ancient Sri Lanka. As the name suggests, there are two ponds in this creation. It has been identified that these ponds were used to collect water for the Abhayagiri Vihara monks to bath.

    Duration: 20 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all places and hotels in Negombo and Colombo area Airports
    • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Crystal Holidays

Activity ID: V-240142P123

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