Mihintale, Anuradhapura

Revered as the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the mountain peak of Mihintale boasts historic but now mostly abandoned shrines and monuments. Visitors usually come to see a 2,000-year-old stupa, restored to its former glory to provide visitors with insight into the area's long history and religious traditions. Prepare to climb many steep and slippery steps to the top, which offers fine views of the surrounding area--perhaps best appreciated at sunset, when temperatures drop and cheeky local monkeys disperse. To visit Mihintale on your trip to Anuradhapura, use our Anuradhapura itinerary site.
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  • there is an ancient hospital here, a small museum, and a few monastery compounds (if I remember correctly), and then there is Kaludiya pond which is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy nature (there....  more »
  • Great experience. Lots of history to explore as well as climbing up to the temple area which is still a holy site for Buddhists today. Nice to see active pilgrims still enjoying this famous and...  more »
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