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Anuradhapura : Ancient City TukTuk Tour

1. Anuradhapura : Ancient City TukTuk Tour

Unparalleled flexibility allows you to customise this tour to your interests. Immerse yourself in the tuktuk ride and stay informed with our informative Audio Guide tour app, which provides details about over 14 sites, such as historical facts, cultural insights, and interesting anecdotes. It's like having a local guide accompanying you. Experience the highlights of Anuradhapura in a fun and unique way, in your own private tuktuk. Explore renowned sites such as the World's oldest tree, the Kuttam Pokuna (bathing pools), and the Isurumuniya Temple, along with other World Heritage sites. Get picked up and dropped off at your hotel or any other location of your choice for added convenience. Our tuktuk drivers have over ten years of expertise with tuktuks and the highways they travel on. We have a 24-hour ambulance service to put you in safe hands in an emergency. Furthermore, it is how we keep the industry's highest client retention rate, as well as government-friendly tourism service. Don't miss out on this opportunity to book your tuktuk tour today and embark on a stylish journey through the ancient city of Anuradhapura!

Anuradhapura: Private Half-Day Cycling Tour w/ Guide

2. Anuradhapura: Private Half-Day Cycling Tour w/ Guide

Take a guided half-day cycling tour of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's oldest city. Listen to local legends and stories about the city as you cycle through the ruins. Start at the Ranmasu Uyana (Royal Park) in the morning and meet your cycling guide. Get your bicycle and a helmet, as well as refreshments for the ride. Depart along the third-oldest manmade reservoir in Sri Lanka, and see the embankment of Tissa Wewa, which is 2 miles long and 25 feet tall. Leave Tissa Wewa and cycle to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura City, where the ancient monuments and ruins lie. Listen as your guide tells you many native stories and legends about Anuradhapura along the way. En route to the city, stop by the Isurumuniya Temple, built by King Devanampiyatissa in the 3rd century BC. See its famous stone carvings, including the Isurumuniya Lovers, the Royal Family, and the Elephant Bathing. Arrive at the Anuradhapura Ruins and view the Abhayagiri Stupa, which was part of the massive Abhayagiri Monastery. The Stupa was the second largest brick structure in the world after Jetavanaramaya. See the elaborate moonstones and the reclining Buddha. Marvel at the famous giant Samadhi Buddha statue and the beautifully designed Twin Ponds (Kuttam Pokuna) that were also part of the Abhayagiri Monastery.   After the Abhayagiri monastery area, continue to the Jetavana Pagoda, the largest brick structure of the ancient world. Take in the impressive views at Jetavana, including bas reliefs, high arches, and beautifully shaped lotus pedestals. End your tour on a high at Ruwanwelisaya Pagoda, the oldest that is still in use where you can see pilgrims worshipping. See plenty of elephant sculptures, from the full-sized elephant sculptures in the outer wall to the old stone elephants in the base of the stupa.

From Colombo: Anuradhapura Day Tour

3. From Colombo: Anuradhapura Day Tour

Following hotel pick-up by your driver and guide at 06:00 from the Colombo City area, you'll start for Anuradhapura. On arrival at Anuradhapura, your first stop will be the Anuradhapura World Heritage Site and ruins. Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its well-preserved ruins depicting the illustrious ancient Lankan civilization. There are several exciting locations one can visit. Namely, the majestic Ruwanweliseya Stupa, one of the most significant structures of the ancient world, Brazen Palace with its 1,600 stone columns showing the remnants of a multi-storied residence for monks, Isurumuniya rock carving of 'The Two Lovers', the twin ponds used by Buddhist monks as a bathing pool and Thuparama Dagoba, the oldest Dagoba in the country believed to enshrine the collarbone of the Buddha himself and several other dagobas. Next, you'll head to explore Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. The Sacred Jaya Siri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura is reckoned as the oldest surviving historical tree in the world. It was brought to Sri Lanka by Theri Sangamitta, daughter of Emperor Asoka and was planted in the Mahameghavana Park in Anuradhapura in 249 BC by King Devanampiyatissa. Then start for Jethawanaramaya Stupa. The Jethawana stupa, the central ritual monument of the Jethawana monastery, had a diameter of 370 feet. Established in the 3rd century A.D., the monastery was the residence of 3,000 monks. Recent excavations confirm that the foundation of the stupa was 28 feet deep and rested on bedrock. This stupa, the tallest brick structure in the world, was built in keeping with engineering principles which are fol­lowed even today.  You'll explore Abhayagiri Dagoba. The Abhayagiri Dagoba is the second giant brick structure in the world after the Jetavana Dagoba. It was built by King Gajabahu (114-136 AD) and reached a height of 370 feet (115m). After lunch at a local restaurant at your own cost, proceed to Moonstone or Sandakada Pahana. Sandakada Pahana, also known as Moon-stone, is a unique feature of the Sri Lankan Buddhist architecture of ancient Sri Lanka. First seen in the latter stage of the Anuradhapura period, the sandakada pahana evolved through the Polonnaruwa, Gampola and Kandy periods. Later visit Mihintale. Mihintale hill is where King Devanampiya Tissa of Anuradhapura met Mahinda, a Buddhist monk and son of the Indian Buddhist Emperor, Ashoka. Mahinda asked the king a riddle, and when the king solved it, Mahinda deemed him a worthy disciple and converted him to Buddhism. There are religious monuments all over the hill and the ruins of a monastery and a hospital.  At approximately 20:00, you'll return to your hotel in Colombo, where the tour will end.

From Anuradhapura: Ancient City of Anuradhapura by Bike

4. From Anuradhapura: Ancient City of Anuradhapura by Bike

08.00 am: Embark on a bike adventure as you are picked up from your Anuradhapura hotel. 08.30 am: Begin your city tour of the ancient city of Anuradhapura, a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the world's oldest inhabited towns. Immerse yourself in the rich history and significance of Anuradhapura, which was once the center of Theravada Buddhism. Explore the well-preserved historical ruins dating from the centuries between the 4th century BC and the 11th century AD. During this comprehensive city tour, visit prominent relic chambers such as Ruwanveliseya, Abhayagiriya, and Jetavanaramaya, known for being the world's largest man-made brick buildings. Admire the Moonstone and Guard Stones, and explore the iconic landmarks of Thuparama and Lankaramaya Dagobas, the Brazen Palace, Twin Ponds, Samadhi Buddha Statue, and the remarkable rock carvings at Isurumuniya Temple. Find solace and tranquility under the shade of the sacred 'Sri Maha Bodhi' tree, believed to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment 2500 years ago. The 'Sri Maha Bodhi' is revered as the world's oldest human-planted tree. 11.30 am: At the completion of your city tour, return to your hotel in Anuradhapura, reflecting on the fascinating history and cultural heritage you have experienced.

Anuradhapura Private Ancient City Day Tour

5. Anuradhapura Private Ancient City Day Tour

Book this private day tour of the Anuradhapura city region to get a full, guided tour of the most famous sites. This would be difficult on your own, without a guide and transportation. This tour provides private transportation, your own personal guide, and a half day of touring all the must-see spots in the area. Below you can see what we see during tour * Bhodi Tree ( Oldest tree in the world ) * Brazon Palace * Ruwanweli Stupa * Jethawanaramaya Stupa * Twins pond * Samadhi buddha statue * Abayagiri Stupa * Refactory * Elephant pond * Moonstone * Guardstone * Thuparamaya stupa

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What people are saying about Ruwanweli Maha Seya

We are two French couples and used Navin's services to visit the archaeological sites of the city of Anuradhapura, the capital of Sri Lankan Buddhism. The richness of Navin's explanations allowed us to immerse ourselves in Buddhist culture. We really appreciated his availability, his kindness and his good humor. After this great adventure, we shared a common meal. Besides, we booked a safari in Wilpattu for the next day. We recommend it without hesitation. Many thanks again Navin

Excellent guide and we covered a lot in the half day tour.