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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  • A monument worth seeing. An important pilgrim place for Buddhists. Said to have been built in 140 BC by the king Dutugemunu whose statue can be seen the complex. Also we can see the statue of Sangamit...  more »
  • This is one of the most sacred places in Sri Lanka. The best time to visit this place is after 6 in the evening. If you travel at day time, there is heavy sunshine. This place gives very big relax to ...  more »
  • My boyfriend and I visited monument and we loved it. The atmosphere that is breathed, music, incense and Lotus flowers smells. A must-see in Sri Lanka
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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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