Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, Anuradhapura

Hailed for its architecture, the stupa of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba has a sacred reputation among Buddhists around the world. Once you see its pure white dome towering overhead, it's easy to understand why. Although ancient, the stupa stands as one of the world's tallest monuments, and also holds the titles of one of the Solosmasthana and one of the Atamasthana (places of veneration). Keep in mind you have to remove your shoes to enter, so consider visiting in the morning for cooler weather; if you go in the afternoon, you have to tour the attraction barefoot on the hot stones, or carry a pair of socks with you. Add Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba to your Anuradhapura travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Anuradhapura online visit planner .
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  • There is really no way to capture the scale and the sense of awe that this Stuppa makes one feel when you are there. There are counters to hold your shoes and it’s great to be able to circumambulate a...  more »
  • Visited here in a recent tour with my wife. It was a beautiful sight - the stupa is absolutely huge and with a lot of people visiting on the day, it was incredidbly atmospheric too. Quite unlike anyth...  more »
  • This is a very large & decorated stupa in Anuradhapura. The outside of the temple is decorated with large elephants. It is still used & busy on a daily basis.  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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