, Srilianka is one of the most frequented world heritage sites by tourists, the chief interest of the city being its several historical sites dating back to many hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ.
The ancient city planning of Anuradhapura
is a quintessence of city development. The Buddhist religion had considerable influence on the art and culture of Anuradhapura
, the monasteries, monuments and palaces bearing the evidence of the same. Anuradhapura
was ruled by important kings such as king Pandukabhaya, king Devampriya Tissa, King Duttha Gamini, King Vattagamini Abhaya and king Mahasena. Being home to so many important rulers, Anuradhapura was the capital city of Sri Lanka for some hundreds of years before being threatened or abandoned in fear foreign invasion.
Tourist Interests in Anuradhapura
- Sri Mahabodhi Tree
- The Thuparama Dagaba
- The Abhayagiri Dagaba
- the Jetavana Dagaba
- Lanka Ramaya
- Moon Stone
- Guard Stone of Thuparama
- Ruwanweliseya Dagaba
- The Kuttam Pokuna or The Twin Ponds
- The Samadhi Buddha
- The Aukana Buddha
- The Mirisavati Dagaba
- The Isurumuniya Lovers
- The Loha Prasada or Brazen Palace
Anuradhapura derived its name from its founder Anuradha, a minister who took interest in setting up a village on the banks of Malawatu Oya. It was here that the Sinhalese race was born around the 6th century B.C. Anuradha is also the name of a Sinhalese prince who endeavored to built a reservoir and residence for the facilitation of the village dwellers. The 3rd century princess Sanghamitta made Sri Lanka an important place of Buddhist interest when she had the branch of the the Mahabodhi tree in Gaya planted in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The tree lives to this day and attracts thousands of tourists each year as one of the oldest living trees in the world.