Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka: Travel/Tourist Information Guide

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Anu-radha-pura is a ruined city 205 km north of Colombo and one of eight World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Anuradhapura is picturesque, located on the banks of a river and mysterious as it is rich in Buddhist culture. Anuradhapura popular destination of Sinhalese Buddhist’s Pilgrims because of its many ancient Buddhist monuments.

Anuradhapura had some of the most complex irrigation systems of the ancient world. Most of the great reservoir tanks still survive and may be the oldest surviving reservoirs in the world. The Sri Maha bodhiya is perhaps the oldest living tree in the world. Ruwanwelisaya: the oldest and most voluminous stupa at Anuradhapura, has been fully restored, painted white, and is currently a centre of worship. Walk from the Sri Maha Bodhiya, past the Brazen Palace to the stupa. There are several image houses at the stupa, as well as four smaller stupas in the four corners of the complex. Please be respectful of the worshipers at the site. The Folk Museum: Showcases the archaeology of Anuradhapura from a more folk perspective.

Apart from seeing the archaeology of the ancient city, it is possible to explore the area, and to spend time in the Anuradhapura New Town. There are many shops in the New Town, as well as a market.

The drinking of alcohol in public is not an acceptable practice in Sri Lanka, and there are not many bars, and they tend to be somewhat secluded. Westernized Guest Houses have a full bar, and Lion and Carlsberg are the most common beers.

Non-alcoholic drinks are abundant. Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola, and Elephant soft drinks are sold at small shops everywhere.