Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, Anuradhapura

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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. Using our custom trip planner, Anuradhapura attractions like Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 16, 2017
    impressive for us Europeans, not used to Boedhist buildings and rituals. when we were there, a lot of pilgrims gathered for a holliday the day after. special to see al those people in white, sleeping ...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    It is an authentic past. Also beautiful enclosure, were there around Central magnificent of half a day. Entry of payment. I think it is a must-see!
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  • August 14, 2017
    We visited various sites in Anuradhapura during our time in Sri Lanka but it was a bit underwhelming. It's an older site than Polonnaruwa and therefore less preserved. There is less to see and it is h...  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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