Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, Anuradhapura

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#5 of 11 in Historic Sites in Anuradhapura
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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  • August 18, 2017
    This temple has its own charm, is located in a complex of several buildings. Very pleasant is to go around the tree and browse sections with decorations. Definitely something to do with the tree.
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  • August 16, 2017
    we think: must see, to understand the culture and mind of Sri Lanka. a lot of people praying there, of every age. the road from the big Stupa to the Bodi tree is very nice lighted with small coloured ...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    This is a sacred place for all buddhist, so visitors must be suitably attired and must observe silence. Local guides will tell you the History  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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