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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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  • An impressive place to visit. It is much stair climbing and the stones and sand are on bare feet get very hot. Important to water. The view is wonderful if you have made the climb. The monkeys are brutal. Nader drop or they have it.
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  • very pleasant late in the day. beautiful view of the surroundings. do not bother unless you're really passionate guides!
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  • A must see, because you can see a very nice sunset! You will see a lot of monkey's and you see a big Buddha andere mihintale temple! Don't skip this, it's really worth it!  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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