Travelers who have a sense of history or at least appreciate the cultures of the past will definitely want to pay a visit to Anuradhapura. This city used to be the capital of Sri Lanka – way back in the ancient times. Today, it is best known for its ruins, which are quite well-preserved.
The city is located about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Colombo, which is the current capital of Sri Lanka. From Colombo, you can just head up north and you’ll eventually hit Anuradhapura. Aside from its popularity with visitors, Anuradhapura holds the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That in itself should tell you that it is worth visiting.
Story has it that this tree – which could very well be the oldest in the world – comes from the actual Bodhi tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment. Today, there is a wall around the tree, which was built by King Kirthi Sri Rajasingha.
There is no doubt about it – these ruins can bring an extra dimension to your visit to Sri Lanka.
Originally posted on April 25, 2010 @ 8:34 pm