Isurumuniya Temple, Anuradhapura

Known for its depiction of a huge reclining Buddha, Isurumuniya Temple includes many exquisite carvings, many of which date from around the 3rd century BCE and later. A lotus pond outside the temple features bathing elephants, masterfully carved out of rocks at the foot of a cliff. A small museum inside the temple contains more rock carvings, including a famous image of a love affair between a king and a lower-caste woman. Take a look at our Anuradhapura trip itinerary planning tool to schedule your visit to Isurumuniya Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This temple together with all the other ruins of the pleasure garden gives an idea of the life style of the rulers.  more »
  • This place is best visited in the morning. The stones get quite hot on your bare feet so socks are recommended. The entrance fee for foreigners is 200 Lkr (<1 euro) There is a small rock you can climb...  more »
  • This temple is a smaller scale than what the temples in the sacred city, but no less interesting. Just having a tuktuk to reach from the Centre of Anuradhapura.
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  • After visiting the rest of the sacred city this is a nice place to end. It is close to the new town and not very crowded. Does ask for a separate entrance fee though, 200 rupee at the start of 2018.
  • One of the most peaceful places even by the standards of Anuradhapura. Most famous for the Isurumuniya Lovers (ඉසුරුමුණිය පෙම් යුවල) - a stone carving of a couple, which is currently in display at the museum at the same premises. (Which closes at dusk) and also the Man and the Horse (මිනිසා සහ අශ්ව හිස) - another stone carving on the rock which the whole structure is built on. This can ve closely observable after traversing a small set of stairs. Don't forget to circle the whole structure so that you can climb the rock to have a great view, observe some marvelous places of architecture. Highly recommend and best at the dusk. But don't be too atw or the museum would be closed for the day.
  • Amazing place. Great architecture and highly secured place which says about Sri Lanka's great history!
  • Historic temple specially famous for the statue of loving couple
  • A scenic Buddhist temple in Anuradhapura which faces a lake.

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Hotels and guesthouses lie scattered around Anuradhapura, and accommodations tend to concentrate in a green neighborhood between the main street and Nuwara Wewa irrigation tank. Mid-range hotels near the tank also have swimming pools. Budget travelers should explore the numerous family-run guesthouses, where you can negotiate the price. You can always accept the offer by your rickshaw driver for a basic room at a reasonable rate.
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