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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  • The temple is located at approx 2.5 km from maha bodhi temple. There is a buddha statue in a cave in nirvana pose & small archeological museum in Temple complex. There is a beautiful lake behind the t...  more »
  • A site you must visit in Sri lanka, there is a special atmosphere around this place. The rock cut temple with reclining Buddha. The temple is located outside the town and there is a separate entrance ticket to pay for it.
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  • Is a temple of rock possessed the treasure house you can see the famous image of the lovers, etc.. Feel the romance even xenophobic identity differences the way ancient love story.
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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.
  • To anyone from the Sikh faith who has a turban. The security officials will not let you enter the temples as they deem it a 'hat'. Very surprised as I've spent the last 6 months visiting buddhist temples across far East Asia, SE Asia and India. You'd expect there to be a recognition of the sacred importance of the turban to the Sikh faith but this is not the ccas here. Will be following this up with the temple management
  • Amazing place. Great architecture and highly secured place which explains Sri Lanka's great history!
  • 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.
  • Very historical place.specially famous for lovely couple.......very nice place in Sri lanka.

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