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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  • August 13, 2017
    Reclining Buddha as well as, of course, but remained in the impression in this abode is the sculptures of elephants carved in the rock, Museum in the Royal family, lovers. On the back of the Hall boulders, climb to here. No high buildings around so far enjoy. Do not take off your shoes and hat is the Temple of Sri Lanka. Stone is very hot during the day, I can't walk. We recommend you to bring socks, visited in the morning.
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  • August 7, 2017
    Totally recommended, one of the most beautiful in the country. Entrance 300 rupees, you should go barefoot all spaces (as in most of the temples, advisable to take sports socks, since there are Earth and stones). It is worth.
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  • August 6, 2017
    For 200Rs entry, you enter one temple like no other. In several parts, on the left you will find a small "Museum" with sculptures, including a magnificent representation of lovers. A gigantic reclining Buddha is located in a cave or bats make their home. You can do around the temple and mount at the top of the rock to take advantage of the magnificent view of Anuradhapura. Finally you can see around a bath in the shape of "lotus" an elephant carved in the rock.
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  • July 16, 2017
    One of the religious, historical and archaeologically important places to see in A'pura city
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • June 7, 2017
    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
  • May 3, 2017
    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.
  • May 26, 2017
    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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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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