Anuradhapura can be simply called the Buddhist cultural capital of Sri Lanka because this city is so rich with archaeological and architectural wonders. And that includes several enormous dagobas built during the time this city was once a great kingdom.
Sri Maha Bodhi
The Bo tree you find at Sri Maha Bodhi was grown from a sapling brought from Bodhgaya and is said to be the most ancient tree in the world. If you stay at Ulagalla resort, which is one of the best Anuradhapura hotels, travelling to Sri Maha Bodhi will not take more than 1 hour.
The Ruwanvelisaya Dagoba
This bubble-shaped dagoba is one of the most visited attractions in Anuradhapura, built by King Dutigemunu during his reign. Frequented by many tourists and locals alike, this ancient wonder is a must-visit if you are ever in the area.
This is the oldest temple in Sri Lanka and was constructed by King Devanampiya Tissa in the 03rd century BC. Its structure is very special as it takes a ‘heap-of-paddy-rice’ shape mixed with a conventional bell shape.
This building was once used for administration work during the old British colonial times. But today, it houses an interesting collection of artwork, carvings and other exhibits that showcase the proud Buddhist cultural heritage.