Anuradhapura is the sacred city which was the epicentre of the country’s civilization during the medieval era.
The city is renowned for the multiplicity of religious and archaeological sites offering a plethora of sightseeing opportunities ranging from the striking ancient stupas (mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics) of small sun-dried bricks to ruins of ancient temples, sculptures, the sacred Bo tree (Peepal tree) site as well as several ancient man-made tanks that deck the city’s landscape. Moreover, troupes of cheeky, toque monkeys inhabit the sites and cannot be missed!
The climate is pleasant and sunny so opting to visit the sites on a bike can be quite enjoyable. It is advisable to avoid the wet season (May to October) if you are planning to visit Anuradhapura on a tight schedule.