Anuradhapura was the centre of Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka for many centuries. It is part of the cultural triangle and many of its attractions can be explored during a holiday spent at one of the villas in Anuradhapura offered by popular properties such as Uga Ulagalla.
If you’re planning to head to Anuradhapura from Colombo on a budget, the most suitable mode of transport would be by train. Although it may take several hours to reach this sacred city, it would be less tiring than travelling by bus.
At present, Anuradhapura serves as the capital of the North Central Province in Sri Lanka. With a vast network of temples and other places of worship, it is hailed as the cradle of Buddhism in the country carrying a massive significance for Buddhists across the globe.
History of the City
Mahavamsa, a historical chronicle of Sri Lanka, states that Anuradhapura served as the capital of Sri Lanka during the time of King Pandukabhaya in the 4th century BC. It is said that the king himself has played a role in designing the city based on a highly complex plan.
Anuradhapura boasts of the first-ever stupa of Sri Lanka – the Thuparama. It was built during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa, during which Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka.