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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. 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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  • One of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka, centered around what is said to be a 2300 year old tree grown from a cutting of the tree the Buddha sat under in ancient India (in fact, this is imp...  more »
  • A relief to around the Bodhi Tree. There were many Sri Lankan Buddhists for puja. They are then all, dressed in white. It is an important place to respect. Everyone is busy in its own way with recitation, meditation or with a quiet moment. I had my recitation booklet included and moved on to a Buddhist nun, who has been to just recite was. A beautiful experience to this spot along with locals to experience.
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  • Holy sites for Bhudists. They charge an entry fee for non Sri Lankan visitors. Bring socks if you don't like walking without footwear. You are allowed to take pictures.  more »

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Where to stay in Anuradhapura

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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