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Anuradhapura

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Things to do: sightseeing, religious sites, nature
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks. While most sightseeing in Anuradhapura concerns archeological sites and exquisite stonemasonry, you can also combine the history trip with exploration of new town's shops and major department store. See the world's oldest historically authenticated tree, a 2,000-year-old bodhi, under which thousands of devotees place offerings. Take a hike or a bike ride in one of the three ancient water tanks--proof of a highly advanced civilization--or visit an archeology and folk museum. Make the most of your holiday in Anuradhapura by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our Sri Lanka trip itinerary builder.
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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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