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Mihintale, Anuradhapura
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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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  • Was recommended a visit to Mihintale on my first night in Anuradhapura, and to be honest, i enjoyed seeing this more than the ancient ruins. The site is about 11km out of town, and should be roughly a...  more »
  • From Anuradhapura, we went by bus to Mihinthale. It was recommended by our hotelowner and it did not disappoint. We did not take the steps right away, but went right and then left on the main road. Af...  more »
  • First you have to defy the stairs and that you end up with a square. Here you can climb to a rock. The sight is really breathtaking. This you should definitely do. For the stupa I due. I had already seen enough there that day:-)
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