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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  • A place of worship as well as an historically important in terms of ancient architecture and rock carvings. This place of globally famous for its rock carving called "Isurumuniya Lovers" and the Eleph...  more »
  • A little away from the Bodhi tree and rwanwelisayah OTO, but beautiful temple. Small, the exhibition hall and the famous sculpture "LOVERS and lovers.
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  • You have this temple in 10 minutes. The only reason to visit it is that you probably have purchased a ticket for the whole temple and palace complex. And maybe you have the mistake to, like us, to hire a guide plus a tuktuk. So, OBAs you all santekraam but. With fresh reluctance.
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  • The historic place with a lot of valuable artifacts including "The Lovers" and "The man and the horse's head". Government was able to maintain and renovate the structures as similar as possible.Even though this has a considerably large parking area, there is no shelter for the vehicles.
  • Very nice place with a lot of history.must see place if you ever make it to Anuradhapura.
  • One of famous place of the Anuradhapura ancient city among visitors.There is famous statues called Isurumuniya Lovers (ඉසුරුමුණි පෙම් යුවල).
  • Sacred place. Have nice view!
  • 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.
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