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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  • Group visit. Steep climb to Invitation Rock for the panoramic views. All the more awkward with no footwear or headgear allowed in the very hot sun. Then climb again to the Stupa. A fascinating site, b...  more »
  • Use a Tuk Tuk to get half way up so it’s less painful to climb and arrive by 06.00 to be sure of the sunrise. Absolutely do it for sunrise! Cool temperatures and few tourists.  more »
  • We left our hotel in Anuradhapura at 3.30 pm for the trip to Mihintale to get there for 4 ish to make sure we got to summit for sunset. Lots of steps but our tuk tuk driver took us to the car park ent...  more »
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