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Mihintale, Anuradhapura

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Revered as the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the mountain peak of Mihintale boasts historic but now mostly abandoned shrines and monuments. Visitors usually come to see a 2,000-year-old stupa, restored to its former glory to provide visitors with insight into the area's long history and religious traditions. Prepare to climb many steep and slippery steps to the top, which offers fine views of the surrounding area--perhaps best appreciated at sunset, when temperatures drop and cheeky local monkeys disperse. Make Mihintale a part of your Anuradhapura vacation plans using our Anuradhapura holiday planner.
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  • Many steps but there is a road that will bring you 1/2 way up, we were there in Independence Day for Sri Lanka so many wonderful Sri Lankan folks visiting, the place where the monks ate is not to be m...  more »
  • It is definetly worthwhile to visit Mihintale for a half a day from Anuradhapura. It is easy to get here by public transport. The temple and the view from on top of the hill are beautifull and the hik...  more »
  • There was a nice path and trees were grown both the sides of stairway till the rock with ruins and beautiful carvings. You can climb the rock and maha stupa to get a really nice view of the surroundin...  more »