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Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, Anuradhapura
(4.1/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Visit Sri Maha Boodhi Temple to see the most sacred object in Buddhist history--the Maha Bodhi tree. The ancient branches of this 2,247-year-old tree represent the place where the Lord Buddha found enlightenment. Local pilgrims and devotees come to worship the holy site, while chants and prayers resonate through the oldest continuing Buddhist monastery and the center of Theravada Buddhism. See nearby Love Maha Paya, the nine-story house built between 167-137 BCE, as well as Jethavanaramaya Dagaba with its alien-like sphere that contains Buddha’s relic, and many other monastic buildings. You can explore the complex on your own, or hire a guide for a more comprehensive experience. To visit Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and get the most from your holiday in Anuradhapura, create itinerary details personal to you using our Anuradhapura tour planner.
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  • We went at sunset,for the ceremony it was an amazing experience. Being in the presence of the oldest tree planted by humans is not something you get to do every day and the awe that this place inspire...  more »
  • A place beautiful and alive! Once past the security at the entrance portico, you enter in one of the most sacred places from Sri Lanka. Let yourself be intoxicated by the scents, colors, and the prayers of the faithful. Not to be missed!
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  • Those who are interested in Buddhism, have a look at that. The tree, is a tree like any other. But the trappings, mainly pilgrims, are absolutely worth seeing.
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