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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  • A really lovely place to visit. Don’t be put off by the number of steps, you go up and down so you have respite in between the climbs! I was wondering why it is not more popular ... I spent a peaceful...  more »
  • This is a tough climb in the heat, especially if like me you are in your sixties with dodgy knees. However, if you pace yourself it can be done & the view from the top is great. If possible try & do i...  more »
  • Really do; very worthwhile for our extra special in connection with Buddhist holidays (end of april).
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