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Mihintale, Anuradhapura

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Landmark Religious Site
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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  • Climb for only 12 minutes and you'll reach the main area. Then reach the rock, Buddha or temple in only another 5mins for each place. We spent a total of one hour and saw all three. It is only 10-15mi...  more »
  • You can climb up the main rock as well. The best time to visit during the sunset. It can be windy. The view from the top is spectacular!  more »
  • An ancient place and historically important place for Sri Lankans as well as for Buddhism followers around the world. It is believed this is the place where Lord Buddha's teachings arrived in SL. The ...  more »