Anuradhapura which became the capital of Sri Lanka in the 4th century BC was subject to many a foreign invasion but successfully withstood the fiery darts of the enemy. Through the years, the city has evolved into archaeological wonderland filled with age-old monuments, each sculptured to perfection. Should you require the comfort of the resorts in Sri Lanka to stay in, then do consider Aliya Resort & Spa which is amongst hotels in Sigiriya Sri Lanka which would be a good base from which to begin exploring the ancient marvels of this city.
The Isurumuniya Temple which was built by King Devanampiyathissa is home to a range of rock carvings out of which the famed ‘Isurumuniya Lovers’ takes precedence above all. Many opinions have been given in relation to the individuals depicted in the carving with some suggesting that it is indeed the son of King Dutugemunu ‘Saliya’ and his lover ‘Asokamala. Next on the list of appealing edifices in Anuradhapura is the Jetawanarama stupa which rises to an imposing 121 meters in the air. This enormous structure is considered by historians and archaeologists as being one of the biggest brick structures of the world ever built. The Kuttam Pokuna also referred to as the ‘Twin Ponds’ is perhaps the city’s most unique of creations. Possessing a water filtering system that continues to baffle the modern day engineer, the area is made complete with beautiful carvings of the ancient Sinhalese. The 13 metre tall Aukuna Buddha statue is one statuette that many devotees flock to capture its beauty and intricate details.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life. Google+