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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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  • Visit = one of the most beautiful site with a bird's-eye view of the surrounding landscape, but beware, it gets.
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  • After a challenging ascent, the views of the region is beautiful. The Museum can easily be avoided but the ascent is a must.
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  • You must see it. It was one of the best area in North Sri Lanka. There is a lot of ruins, temples, viewpoints and temples with buddhas and monks. Bring socks with you because you must get down your sh...  more »