The remnants of Anuradhapura are unequivocally the most expressive sites of South Asia. This sprawling complex is composed of an opulent collection of architectural and archaeological marvels: gigantic brick towers, crumbling temples, humongous dagobas and archaic pools that were all constructed during the rule of Anuradhapura which went on for several thousand years. At present, most of the sites here remain in use solely as temples and holy places. Incessant ceremonies retain the very ebullience and buoyancy of Anuradhapura which is a stark reverse of the the ambience at Polonaruwa.
Present day, Anuradhapura is significantly different. It is rather engaging albeit sprawling city. Its main street is orderly in comparison to the the ugly concrete agglomerations found elsewhere. This saintly city was entrenched around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment' which is supposedly the Buddha's fig tree. Legends say that in the 3rd century B.C, the tree was brought there by Sanghamitta who was the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns.
Ceylonese’s religious and political capital, Anuradhapura bloomed for 1300 years but was then eighty-sixed post the invasion in 993. Shrouded in the dense jungles for several years, this magnificent tourist place with its breathtaking places to see, resorts, monuments, palaces and monasteries is accessible all over again.
To get to Anuradhapura, you’ll need a visa. You can easily apply for a tourist’s visa online.
Weather here is unpredictable. So, check the predictable and current weather online and confirm about the same from your tour agent before traveling.
Do not get over friendly with the strangers.
Gather enough information about the place you are traveling to.
Learn few words from the local language here.
Do carry a mosquito repellant here.
Dress appropriately. Avoid wearing skimpy or revealing clothes.
Don’t go out alone during the night hours.
Be wary of the pick pockets here.
Keep the touts at bay.
Don’t indulge in drugs of any form. If you suspect any person to be a dealer of drugs, do not communicate with them and maintain a safe distance.
Carry a copy of your passport and license at all times.
Do not carry cash more than you need whenever you go out.
Don’t flash your valuables in public.
Anuradhapura and Sri Lanka on the whole is a terrorist prone area. Never make a visit during the times of civil unrest.
Be alert and do not let anyone mislead you.
Hire a guide from a known and recognized agency only.
Get a comprehensive travel and medical insurance before traveling.
The legal age for drinking in Anuradhapura is 21 years.