Isurumuniya Temple, Anuradhapura

4.2
#4 of 17 in Historic Sites in 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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  • My wife and I visited this temple during our recent Birdwatching tour of Sri Lanka. We had previously arranged a guide to show us the temples and stupors. After discarding our shoes at the entrance we...  more »
  • This Temple is a complex of all sorts of buildings and some large boulders on which the viewpoint is located. Here Too there is a sacred tree, now not walled and well visible. If Barefoot walking is difficult, or if the heat of the day is already there, bring good socks
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  • Shoes from the entrance which means that you have to walk the whole path, stairs and the temples barefoot. We Recommend you to bring your socks. The temple is beautiful and the view from the rock too. Further See some old stones and a corner full of bats. It wasn't very crowded. But There are certainly nicer places.
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