Sit back and relax as you explore Anuradhapura Ancient City in the most local of vehicles: your own personal tuk-tuk (3-wheeler). Classic landmarks such as high-rise Monuments or Ancient ruins such as World’s first hospital and twin ponds; choose a departure time that works with your schedule, tell your driver what you would like to see, then set off. Do not bother hunting down taxis or negotiating with street drivers.Moreover, it is how we maintain the industry’s most consistent client retention rate together with Government Tourist friendly service.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Isurumuniya Temple, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceIsurumuniya is a Buddhist temple situated near to the Tissa Wewa in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. There are four carvings of special interest in this Vihara. They are the Isurumuniya Lovers, Elephant Pond and The Royal Family.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Ranmasu Uyana, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceRanmasu Uyana is a park in Sri Lanka containing the ancient Magul Uyana. It is situated close to Isurumuni Vihara and Tissawewa in the ancient sacred city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It sits on approximately 40 acres, and is a noted example of Sri Lankan garden architecture of the pre-Christian eraDuration: 40 minutesStop At: Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceThe oldest tree known to have been planted by a human rather than by natural seeding is a 2,300-year-old sacred fig or bo-tree (Ficus religiosa) that has been named Sri Maha Bodhiya, and stands in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It was planted there in 288 BC.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Mirisaveti Stupa, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceThe Mirisaweti Stupa is situated in the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. King Dutugamunu built the Mirisaveti Stupa after defeating King Elara. After placing the Buddha relics in the sceptre, he had gone to Tissa Wewa for a bath leaving the sceptre.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Tissa Wewa, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceTissa Wewa, an artificial reservoir, was built by Devanampiya Tissa in order to increase the water supply to his capital city of Anuradhapura. Only Panda Wewa and Abhaya Wewa are older. The embankment of Tissa Wewa is 2 miles long and 25 feet high.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Ruwanwelisaya, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceThe Ruwanwelisaya is a stupa, a hemispherical structure containing relics, in Sri Lanka, considered sacred to many Buddhists all over the world. It was built by King Dutugemunu c. 140 B.C., who became lord of all Sri Lanka after a war in which the Chola King Ellalan, was defeated.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Dagoba of Thuparama, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceThuparamaya dagoba has been built in the shape of a bell. This dagoba was destroyed from time to time. During the reign of King Agbo II it was completely destroyed and the King restored it. What is seen presently is the construction of the dagoba, done in 1842 ADDuration: 10 minutesStop At: Abhayagiri Dagaba, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceHistorically it was a great monastic centre as well as a royal capital, with magnificent monasteries rising to many stories, roofed with gilt bronze or tiles of burnt clay glazed in brilliant colors. To the north of the city, encircled by great walls and containing elaborate bathing ponds, carved balustrades and moonstones, stood "Abhayagiri", one of seventeen such religious units in Anuradhapura and the largest of its five major viharas. One of the focal points of the complex is an ancient stupa, the Abhayagiri Dagaba. Surrounding the humped dagaba, Abhayagiri Vihara was a seat of the Northern Monastery, or Uttara Vihara and the original custodian of the Tooth relic in the islandDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Samadhi Statue, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceThe Samadhi Statue is a statue situated at Mahamevnāwa Park in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. The Buddha is depicted in the position of the Dhyana Mudra, the posture of meditation associated with his first Enlightenment. Whether the Buddha's Enlightenment was the experience technically called samadhi, or some other phenomenon, may depend upon the philosophical allegiance of the believer. In the Dhyana Mudra the Buddha sits cross-legged with his upturned palms placed one over the other on his lap. This position is universally known throughout the Buddhist world, and this statue is therefore one of the most typical pieces of Buddhist sculpture. It is not to be confused with the very similar "Earth-Touching Mudra," which depicts the simple action the Buddha took to fend off the illusions projected by Mara, who was desperate to prevent the Buddha from realizing that his, Mara's, projections, and with them the entire world, are an illusion. This statue is 8 feet in height and carved from granite.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceThe carvings of the semi circular stone slab were the same in every sandakada pahana (Moonstone). A half lotus was carved in the centre, which was enclosed by several concentric bands. The first band from the half lotus is decorated with a procession of swans, followed by a band with an intricate foliage design known as liyavel. The third band has carvings of four animals; elephants, lions, horses, and bulls. These four animals follow each other in a procession symbolizing the four stages in life: growth, energy, power and forbearance. The fourth and outermost band contains a carving of flames, usually interpreted as representing a fire altar. Sandakada pahana, also known as Moon-stone, is a unique feature of the Sinhalese architecture of ancient Sri Lanka.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceOne of the best specimen of bathing tanks or pools in ancient Sri Lanka is the pair of pools known as Kuttam Pokuna (Twin Ponds/Pools). The said pair of pools were built by the Sinhalese in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura. These are considered one of the significant achievements in the field of hydrological engineering and outstanding architectural and artistic creations of the ancient Sinhalese.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Lankarama Sthupa, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceLankarama is a stupa built by King Valagamba, in an ancient place at Galhebakada in the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. Nothing is known about the ancient form of the stupa, and later this was renovated. The ruins show that there are rows of stone pillars and it is no doubt that there has been a house built encircling the stupa (vatadage) to cover it. Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Eth Pokuna, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceEth pokuna (Elephant pond) is an ancient man made pond situated close to Lankaramaya. It is 159 meters in length 52.7 meters across and 9.5 meters in depth with the holding capacity of 75,000 cubic meters of water.The water to this pond has been supplied from the Periyamkulama Tank through a network of underground canals. These underground canals still work after so many hundreds years. This tank probably has been used by the monks in the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery who amounted over five thousand priests.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceOnly a part of this stone bridge can be seen today. Stone slabs are laid across rows of 3 stone pillars. There have been attempt to restore this bridge in the recent past but work has been abruptly stopped in 2001. The bridge conserved to a great extent. This stone bridge has been dated to 5-9th centuries.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Jethawanaramaya Stupa, Anuradhapura, North Central ProvinceThe Jetavanaramaya is a stupa, or Buddhist reliquary monument, located in the ruins of Jetavana monastery in the world heritage city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. At 122 metres (400 ft) it was the world's tallest stupa and the third tallest structure in the world when it was built by King Mahasena of Anuradhapura (273–301).Duration: 20 minutes