Mihintale Things to Do
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Once you have seen everything in the upper terrace, take your shoes in hands, take a deep breath and climb the final steps up to the white Mahaseya dagoba. Here it is claimed to house ashes and a single hair of Buddha.
Being in a high point of all the sites in Mihintale, it offers you magnificent 360o views to the surrounding countryside. If you’re not used to tropical lush greenery then you are greatly impressed (additional photo)
On the other side of the meditation rock, another series of steps leads up to a large seated Buddha.
The statue itself is new but what makes it interesting is its pose. The left hand is in meditation pose and the right in explanatory one.
Rock cut steps lead to the summit of Aradhana Gala (Meditation Rock). It’s from here where Mahinda preached his first sermon.
You might be curious to do so, but think it twice: the stairs proved extremely crowded and I hesitated finding myself with one foot in the vain.
To get to Mihintale, most probably your base will be Anuradhapura.
Your best option is to hire a tuk-tuk for a whole day as you can combine a day visit to Anuradhapura as well as Mihintale.
Alternatively there are frequent buses from Anuradhapura.