Boa Vista Guest House

142, Old Putlam Rd, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
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A wonder

by norha1

Asking several local travel agencies for a suggested plan for a 8-10 days in Sri Lanka no one of them mentioned Anuradhapura.What can be the reason? remote location? rough road? not so importened?

Should I insist to inlude this city in the plan?

Re: A wonder

by HansDK

Visiting both Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa is a bit overkill for most tourists unless you have a special interest in ancient ruins.

Polonnaruwa is the more compact of the 2 and closer to the other sites in the Cultural Triangle.

You will have to reserve a whole day to visit Anuradhapura (and nearby sites, e.g. Mihintale).

All local travel agencies/independent operators will tailor your tour according to you wishes, so whether to include Anuradhapura or not is down to you wishes/interests.

Re: A wonder

by ViajesdelMundo

seems strange to me, though, with someone who has the time, as the ruins are quite different between the two, IMO. I love Anuradhapura; but my most favorite is the Reclining Buddha in Polonnaruwa; here's a great photo:

Re: A wonder

by Emichelle

Anuradhapura is one of the most significant cities in the History of Sri Lanka, you've got a great road to get there and there are some amazing temples. How come agents did not mention. If your going to Sigiriya its not too far away.

Re: A wonder

by bhush2006

Hi Norha

Your observation is true. Actually if you are interested in History / Ruins etc then only visit Anuradhapura / Pollonaruwa. I visited these places just 10 days back. I also got much boared since we can not 'relate' to history or buddhist culture. The thing is that we do not get fascinated by seeing Dagobas (Stupa), Mahabodhi etc. All these are basically Pilgrimage sites, so if you are not that kind of person then you can safely skip them.

Travel Tips for Anuradhapura


by hydronetta

Anuradhapura is covered by the cultural triangle ticket (unfortunately not all notable sites within it), otherwise it’s a mere >$15 entrance fee. Some visitors are said to roam freely as the area is large and not guarded but as soon as you reach the Samadhi Buddha you’ll be more or less forced to do by the police (in a gentle way)
Anuradhapura’s archaelogical site is big and for the enthusiasts that want to visit every single monument, this may require several days visit. Nevertheless for regular visitors it’s certainly at least half day visit, requiring you have your tuk tuk to move you around.

Chill out in the shade after a day in the sun

by jennifermueller

The Royal Pleasure Gardens are not really off the beaten path but could easily be overlooked in the midst of so many impressive ruins.

The photo is of one of the many garden caretakers mowing the grass.

Water Tanks

by stevezero

As it is today, water was important for the irrigation of Northern Sri Lanka.
the great kings of the time were responsible for the building of irrigation systems including the water tanks for the storage of this precious commodity.
These pools were built in the 1st century for the monks attached to the Adhayagiri Dagoba.

Sri Maha Bodhi

by Sambawalk

Sri Maha Bodhi (the sacred Bo Tree) was brought to Sri Lanka as a sapling and planted in Anuradhapura. The sacred bodhi tree is central to Anuradhapura bith spiritual and physical sense. When you take picture, be sure your back does not face the bodhi tree. Respect the local culture and the religion! It is believed to be a sapling of the tree under which Lord Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodhi Gaya in India. The tree is over 2,200 years old and is the oldest historically documented tree in the world.

Brazen Palace

by Sambawalk

Brazen Palace (Lovamahapaya) was a dwelling for the Buddhist monks built by King Dutugamunu over 2000 years ago. The building once had a bronze roof. There are about 1600 columns left around this house.


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Address: 142, Old Putlam Rd, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka