The Hit List

Our tour of Anuradhapura follows the typical progression, starting in the southeast corner at the ticket office and following a counter-clockwise course around the ancient city (green highlights in Fig. 16). Our picks for Anuradhapura’s best sites are marked with asterisks (*).

  • Jetavana monastery: Jetavana stupa,* image house, Buddhist railing shrine
  • Abhayagiri monastery: Samadhi Buddha bodhi tree shrine,* Abhayagiri stupa,* Ratna Prasada guardstone,* Mahasena’s Palace moonstone*
  • Mahavihara monastery: Thuparama vatadage,* Ruwanwelisaya stupa,* Sri Maha Bodhi tree shrine*
  • Mirisaveti monastery: Mirisaveti stupa