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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Anuradhapura

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Probably of the world's oldest fig trees, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi was allegedly planted in 249 BCE. Revered by Buddhist pilgrims from around the globe, the tree remains one of the most sacred relics in Sri Lanka--worshipers believe Buddha sat under this very fig when he attained Enlightenment. Use our Anuradhapura travel itinerary planner to visit Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi on your trip to Anuradhapura, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Well worth a visit once you have the tourist entry ticket to Anuradhapura. Beautiful sacred place. Be sure to dress conservatively or to take a shawl for shoulders and knees.  more »
  • Very nice to visit. Nice grounds with some shady spots. Limited information in English. Cheap entry.  more »
  • There is an awful lot of religious history tied up in this tree, yet to say how ancient it apparently is, it looks neither that old, nor as big as you would expect. None the less, the significance of ...  more »

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Where to stay in Anuradhapura

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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