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Isurumuniya Temple, Anuradhapura

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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. Our Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker makes visiting Isurumuniya Temple and other Anuradhapura attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Has a beautiful reclining Buddha and a very old Bho tree. Can climb to the top for a beautiful view out over Anuradhapura. Friendly staff, easily accessible.  more »
  • We loved this temple alot. After visiting this temple and minthale we decided not to buy the unesco ticket for the other temple sites in anuradhapura, we believed 25 dollars per person is a bit overpr...  more »
  • Visited this early before it got too hot. Remember to wear long shorts/trousers. Limited information in English.  more »
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  • One of the religious, historical and archaeologically important places to see in A'pura city
  • ISURUMUNIYA Isurumuniya is a Buddhist temple situated near to the Tissa Wewa (Tisa tank) in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. There are four carvings of special interest in this Vihara. They are the Isurumuniya Lovers, Elephant Pond and The Royal Family. The temple was built by King Devanampiya Tissa (307 BC to 267 BC) who ruled in the ancient Sri Lankan capital of Anuradhapura. During his reign 500 high caste children were ordained, and Isurumuniya was built as a monastic complex to house all of them. Thereafter it was renovated by King Kasyapa (473 – 491 AD) who renamed it “Boupulvan Kasubgiri Radmaha Vehera” – a combination of his name along with his two daughters’. There is a viharaya connected to a cave and above is a cliff. A small stupa is built on it. It can be seen that the constructional work of this stupa belong to the present period. Lower down on both sides of a cleft, in a rock that appears to rise out of a pool, have been carved the figures of elephants.
  • A Buddhist ancient temple with famous sculpture "Isurumuni Pemyuwala (Isurumuni Loving Couple)" and "Man and the Horse Head". Great temple to watch and enjoy Sri Lankan heritage
  • Isurumuniya is a Buddhist temple situated near to the Tisawewa. There are four carvings of special interest in this Viharaya. They are the Isurumuniya Lovers, Elephant Pond and the Royal Family. Very nice and historical place to visit.
  • A buddhist temple beside the Thisa Wewa. Another palce that will take your breath away with it stunning views and stone carvings. You can climb on top of the rock and enjoy the hypnotic view of the Thisa Wewa and surroundings.

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Where to stay in Anuradhapura

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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