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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  • August 13, 2017
    Located in heart of Anuradhapura which is 168Km from Bandaranayake international airport. Better to where white or light color dress when you visit this place. Do not where dress like mini skirt, shor...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Wear a long dress with long sleeves.Other wise you will not able to visit this place. It's a very crowded place almost everyday of the year along. Best to go there in the evening due to the sun. This ...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    Some of his review you will find repeated for other places in Anuradhapura as I could not write a generic one. Firstly, for sites of relgious signigicance, no footwear, hats or bare legs/shoulders. My...  more »

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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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