Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, Anuradhapura

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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. Make Sri Maha Boodhi Temple a centerpiece of your Anuradhapura vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder .
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  • Amazing that developed around the sacred tree. All an atmosphere of worship, a peaceful environment.
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  • Set of temples located in a cutting, now tree under which Buddha was illuminated and brought to Sri Lanka from the India. Surrounded by faithful everywhere
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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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