Anuradhapura - Sri Lanka
If ancient ruins, legendary monuments and tales of magnificent kingdoms intrigue you, Anuradhapura is the place to go. A city full of ruins dating back to the 5th Century BC, Anuradhapura proudly recognizes itself as UNESCO world heritage site, and why not, with its magnificent monuments and monastic history that is the very heartbeat of this city, it certainly makes itself the focal point of Sri Lanka's Cultural triangle. Find my fare will help you discover a great many number of unique attractions the city has to offer.
If you're seeking for glimpse into the historic lifestyle of the citizens of Anuradhapura, this museum will tweak your interests. Home to an exciting collection of artifacts, from iron utensils, flamboyant stone carvings and intricate pieces of jewelry, the building itself is an old British building built during the colonial era, renovated to serve as a museum.
The Sri Maha Bodhi is the very heart of this city, with thousands of devotees flocking to pay homage to this sacred tree every year. Recorded history claims that this tree was a gift from the Indian emperor Asoka sent along with the Buddhist missionary group, led by his own daughter over 2000 years ago. Thus the sacred tree is believed to be the oldest in the world.
Said to be home to 500 odd monastic children back in the day, the temple was built with royal patronage, as were many temples of the time. But this temple is glorified for housing one of the most remarkable stone sculptures of Sri Lanka, dubbed the 'Isurumuniya Lovers' The granite carving recounts a tale of forbidden love. What is fascinating about the carvings displayed at the museum here is that they are able to narrate a great deal even to a person unaccustomed to this culture and folklore.
The Kuttam Pokuna or Twin Ponds are a pair of ponds that served as outdoor bathing premises for the monks of Abhayagiri monastery. It is unique in its irrigation systems and its embellished entryways with elaborate stone carvings.
In a sacred city where Lord Buddha presides over in the form of statues at every nook and corner of the city, there is one statue that is celebrated for its serenity; the Samadhi Buddha statue, at the Mahamevnawa Park. This statue is known to have entranced foreign visitors throughout history, with the likes of Jawaharlal Nehru saying the statue brings solace to one's mind.