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Located in the North-Central part of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura was originally founded by a King's minister named Anuradha in 500 BC and became the country’s first capital under the rule of Prince Pandukabhaya in 380 BC. Anuradhapura is acclaimed as the greatest monastic city of the ancient world and has served as the royal capital of 113 kings. In 1073, Anuradhapura was fought over and abandoned when the capital was moved to Polonnaruwa and it wasn’t until the 19th century when explorers re-discovered the crumbling ruins and an effort to restore and re-build the city began. It is an important historical and archaeological site and continues to attract both Sri Lankan and foreign visitors as well as pilgrims.

Anuradhapura Hotels

$$$ The Mudhouse, Anamaduwa Near Anuradhapura Anuradhapura

Character Boutique, Eco-friendly

The Mudhouse is a truly unique property located just outside the small village of Anamaduwa in rural north west Sri Lanka, approximately 3 hours drive from Colombo. It is an hour and a half away from...

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$$$$ Uga Ulagalla Anuradhapura

Luxury, Eco-friendly

Once the ancestral estate of local Anuradhapura nobility, the spectacular Ulagalla resort features a 150-year-old mansion with 20 private ecologically-built villas spread across 58 acres of lush...

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