Anuradhapura remains a magical place. The sheer scale of the ruined ancient city – and the thousand-plus years of history buried here – is overwhelming, and you could spend days of even weeks here ferretting around amongst the ruins. The sacred city of Anuradhapura, now in picturesque ruins was once a major center of the Sri Lankan civilization. The fascinating ancient ruins include the huge bell-shaped stupas built of small sun-dried bricks, temples, sculptures, palaces and ancient drinking-water reservoirs. For well over a thousand years the history of Sri Lanka, was essentially the history of Anuradhapura. Situated almost at the center of the island’s northern plains, the city rose to prominence very early in the development of the island, and maintained its pre-eminent position for over a millennium until being laid waste y Indian invaders in AD 993.