This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Anuradhapura.
Anuradhapura is an ancient city in Sri Lanka that was once the capital of the country. A part of the country’s cultural triangle, the city is today one of the most important religious sites for Buddhist pilgrims. There are many ancient ruins here, along with well-preserved religious buildings like temples. If you are going to Anuradhapura, look for a hostel in the city well in advance of your trip, especially if you plan on coming in the months of April and May.
While here, check out the Sri Maha Bodiya. This is an ancient Bo tree that was thought to be planted in the 3rd century, making it one of the oldest in the world. It is thought to be where the Buddha attained enlightenment. Hostels near this ancient site are usually a little expensive, but the walk to the tree is almost as fascinating as the sight of it.
One of the world’s tallest ancient monuments is located in the city of Anuradhapura. It is called the Ruwanweliseya and is a Buddhist temple of the architectural design called a stupa. The building is considered sacred by pilgrims from all over the world. Standing at over 300 feet in height, it is a tremendous sight.
If you are interested in another taste of history, visit the Abhayagiri Dagaba. This is a small city in itself, although you will not find any hostels here. It is surrounded by huge walls and was once a center of learning and meditation. It was built in the 2nd century B.C., making it one of the oldest buildings in the world. There are still monks living in the complex today, maintaining it and keeping it open to the public.
One last place to visit in Anuradhapura is the Wilpattu National Park, the largest national park in the country. It is thirty kilometers away, which is about an hour by car. The park is full of diverse plant and animal life. There are also over thirty lakes within the park.
Written by local enthusiast for Anuradhapura hostelsJakob Lombardi