Mihintale, Anuradhapura

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. To visit Mihintale on your trip to Anuradhapura, use our Anuradhapura itinerary site .
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  • October 6, 2017
    With tuk-tuk from 1600u gone around here anuhadrapura. 2000 rupee for the transport entre is 500pp. super nice place where many locals. Especially the view is impressive.
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  • October 5, 2017
    Beautiful scenery! Not many tourists so really peaceful. Very special experience indeed. We met a buddha monk who let us see where he lived and meditated which made the experience really unforgetable.  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    What amazing site! Don't miss the sunset, simply magical! He let go from one point to another.
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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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