Mihintale, Anuradhapura

Revered as the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the mountain peak of Mihintale boasts historic but now mostly abandoned shrines and monuments. Visitors usually come to see a 2,000-year-old stupa, restored to its former glory to provide visitors with insight into the area's long history and religious traditions. Prepare to climb many steep and slippery steps to the top, which offers fine views of the surrounding area--perhaps best appreciated at sunset, when temperatures drop and cheeky local monkeys disperse. To visit Mihintale on your trip to Anuradhapura, use our Anuradhapura itinerary site .
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  • do it soon. Sri Lanka has undergone some recent disruptions but truely it is safe , friendly & a great place to see. The place relies on tourism & it is hurting.  more »
  • Our visit here was worth it as from the car park we came across the ruins of a hospital and on entering there was a stone with the interior carved in a human form. Nearby is a museum with archaeologic...  more »
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