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Isurumuniya Temple, Anuradhapura

Categories: Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.4/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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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  • This temple is situated on top of a rock, has good views, and you can fine-tune your aim by making an offering with coins to a small gap on one of the rocks.
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  • There isn't a ton to see here. Just the old temple site, some carvings, a newer temple with some Buddha statues and an old tree. As with most places admission is cheap at something like 200 LKR. 
  • Depending how you look at, we had the luck or the misfortune to coincide with the celebration of the Poyx (full moon). This means that the temples are crowded of the faithful, of entire families from across the country and is much harder to enjoy the visits because at times it is difficult to walk. Isurumuniya is not a temple that is located in the complex of the ancient city of Anuradhapura and therefore your visit supposed to pay another different entry (200 rupees per person). I would only recommend your visit if you have enough time because you have to have in mind that explore all areas of the old city has long been. As in all the temples in the country, to access it should be done with proper clothing and barefoot. You should carry socks because up to the area high must walk by the rock and this can burn due to temperature which catches. It is a temple built in the rock which must visit inside and out going up to the top, from where we have a great view, including the vision of the Sri Maha Bodhi. Sizes are fine, emphasizing above all the big lying Buddha and the sculpture of the "Lovers". Greetings to all travelers.
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  • Best place to view ancient carvings. That "Isurumuni lovers" displayed here isn't from the temple but from a nearby ancient place called "Magul Maduwa" where rulers of older times had pleasure watching dancing performances etc.
  • Great view on the surrounding area from the top of the rock. Entry fee 200rs. If you come during a hot noon better bring socks, as walking barefooted on hot stones might be unpleasant.
  • If you love carvings great place to visit.can watch some great carvings like "isurumuni lovers"
  • Nice place with good view, but there is one bad thing. At the entrance, you need to take off your shoes, its ok, but when you get out of the temple, some people say that keep your shoes and you owe them money O_o
  • Best place and proudly
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