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Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, Anuradhapura

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Look upon the awesome structure of Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, among the tallest stupas in the ancient world. Standing 400 feet (122 m), the mound-like structure utilizes a whopping 93.3 million baked bricks. Set in an ancient Buddhist monastery, the building likely dates back to the 4th and 5th centuries BCE--and supposedly houses a sash that was tied by the Buddha himself. Conservation efforts are slowly underway here; you may notice trees growing from the temple itself, evidence of years of neglect. Walk around the site, taking in the intricate stone carvings and reclining Buddha. You'll need to take off your shoes to visit; bring some socks to navigate the hot stone ground, and wear long pants or a skirt. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Anuradhapura holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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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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  • The views of this ancient stupa was breathtaking and the surroundings were so serene. This stupa is off the tourist track and from the hustle and bustle of loud tourists worth the visit  more »
  • Though we preferred the similar Abhayagiri stupa - this done is equally impressive. The engineering involved to construct this so long ago is mind blowing.  more »
  • I prefer the brick stupa's to the white painted ones and this is perhaps the best example in Sri Lanka. This stupa is huge and incredibly impressive. Limited what you can write about a stupa, but they...  more »
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  • Something like Sarnath. Its well kept ancient Buddhist temple surrounded by excavated ruins of the ancient city
  • A magical creation that will soothe your soul. A must visit place that is declared as a World Heritage Site in sacred city of Anuradhapura.
  • Marvelous creation by Sri Lanka. No wonder I feel ancent when you visit there. Beautiful creation can never be explained by words.
  • Marvellous creation of the ancient people. Amazing architecture built by king Mahasen. Current height of Dageba is 73m.
  • The largest stupa in sri lanka