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Apr 27, 2018 - Temples and Stupas

We travelled to Anuradhapur, one of Sri Lanka's most ancient ruined citie. It was very hot (37 degrees at one point) and we had to remove shoes and hats even to walk around the grounds. Luckily we were allowed to wear our socks. Lots of people around leading up to major buddist festival coming up in 2 days time. We purchased flowers to make our offering in the main temple. We then travelled to Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO site and the ancient capital - lots of stupas and temples to explore. The sacred Bo Tree was interesting, with people carrying...

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Mar 8, 2018 - Anuradhapura

Today we visited Anuradhapura, the first capital of Sri Lanka and one of the oldest civilisations in the world starring 113 kings and spanning 1300 years at its peak. This is one of eight world heritage sites in Sri Lanka covering an area of 40 sq kms. Really too many places to remember. The jewel in the crown for Buddhists is the Sri Maha Bodhi, the sacred Bo sapling extracted from the tree under which Budha attained enlightenment, and is said to be 2200 years old. One of the amaziing places was Jetavanaramaya which is a stupa located in...

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Jan 2, 2017 - Day 2

First ancient kingdom & capital of Sri Lanka - 3rd century BC to 10th century AD. lots of taking off & putting on of shoes to visit the temples...many beautiful sight; this is one of 8 UNESCO world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. The Bodhi tree was brought to Sri Lanka from the original sacred tree in India, under which Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment. Planted in 288 BC, it is the oldest documented tree in Sri Lanka. The Anuradhapura city is spread over a wide area and the temples / ruins are in beautiful settings, shaded by...

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Apr 22, 2016 - Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura sports some of the important monasteries and dagobas in the country, some dating back to the era of the Egyptian pyramids. A dagoba, or stupa, is a Buddhist monument composed of a solid hemisphere said to contain relics of the Buddha or one of his saints. These, and their concomitant worship shrines, are dotted around the city. We reached the city by hiring an extra large tuktuk that comfortably shuttled us and our bags the 60 km or so from Sigiriya in a couple of hours. I say 'comfortably' to refer both to its sufficient...

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Oct 10, 2015 - The long drive to the old capital.

We left the bustling newer capital, Colombo for a very long and slow trip to the old capital Anuradhapura. Some of the road was under reconstruction, so the traffic queues were horrendous. A few crazy bus drivers pushing their luck on the roads- trying to make a 4 lane highway out of a 2 lane road! Our lunch entailed a cooking demonstration - beetroot curry, a cashew nut curry, a prawn curry, and an ambrella fruit curry. Ambrellas are occasionally available in Australia. Collected some ace cooking tips from Peter. We travelled through...

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Jan 1, 2014 - Anuradhapura

Happy New Year to all! We had quite a pleasant New Year, although, as the clock struck midnight, we had just walked back from dinner and were saying goodbye to Rob & Marilyn. The evening had started off pleasantly with Marilyn & Chris indulging in a cocktail each and the boys continuing to check out whether Lion Beer really is as good as it seemed. Our dinner was another buffet and, although better than the previous night's, it still wasn't fantastic. We didn't go to bed hungry, though, which is the main thing. Although we got a couple of...

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Jul 22, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 5 - Ancient Ruins by bicycle

Today we cycled through the ancient ruins of Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura first became a capital in 380 BC, its kingdom lasting for one thousand and five hundred years, under Pandukabhaya, but was under Devanampiya Tissa (r 247 - 240 BC), during whose reign , Buddhism reached Sri Lanka, that it first rose to great importance. Anuradhapura became a great and glittering city, only to fall to a South Indian invasion - a fate that was to befall it repeatedly for more than a 1000 years. Before long the Sinhalese hero Dutugemunu led an army from a...

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Jul 20, 2012 - Sri Lanka - Day 3 - Anuradhapura

Today we decided take the train up to Anuradhapura, skip the bus and go for the scenic route. We boarded in third class, but we bought tickets for second class (we didn’t realize this until we were already off the train) at 9:45am. Our journey took over 4 hours, its not that many miles in between but the amount of stops were tremendous and the speed of the train itself accounts for a lot of the hours. We met a lovely man on the train, who moved seats to sit with us and chat. He shared some of his newly bought Rambutans with us (they are...

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Jan 19, 2010 - Anuradhapura

@@@@@@@ Before I proceed to tell you about our visit to Anuradhapura; I will give you a little history lesson about the city and Sri Lanka in general. The earliest people to settle on the island were thought to have arrived around 16,000 BC. They were primarily hunter-gathers, there is thought to be about 2,000 of these people, known as the Veddahs, still living in the forests. Each new wave of immigration left them less and less land to live on. The forebears of the majority Sinhalese arrived from northern India in the 4th century BC. A...

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Nov 23, 2009 - Anuradhapura

Decided to head up north by train and bus to the ancient capital and world heritage site of Anuradhapura. The train was slow, stopping at every small town, but the scenery was great (you see so much more of village life from the train as you're able to peek into people's gardens, homes and lives much less invasively - a bit voyeuristic, but highly interesting). After 3+ hours, arrived in Putalam and managed to find the bus stop and a local bus heading to Anuradhapura. Because it was Sunday and people were out visiting family, going to the...

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Dec 19, 2008 - Anuradhapura

12-20 Debated renting bikes but because we are on such a tight schedule we want to see as much as possible...opt for the taxi to see the sights. 1) Isurumuni Raja Maha Viharaga, 247-207 BC. 15 m. long reclining Buddha, many tanks(ponds), prayer flags 2) Mirisavatiya/wetya Dagoba - huge 3) Sri, Catussala(almshall) 3rd cent BC, huge trees, lots of minkeys & feral dogs Brazen Palace - 3rd BC, 5000 monks 4) Thuparama Dagoba - w/ right collar bone of Buddha, oldest temple/stuppa in world, 46 pillars still stand which support roof. 5) Lank...

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Aug 16, 2008 - Number 5!

Not such a long gap this time. There isn't quite as much to tell you all this time as we've had a slightly more laxy time and have actually stayed in one place for a while. We're getting to know Kandy pretty well now. SO Tuesday: Organising day today. Wrote the last blog in one of the internet cafes and then headed to one of the numerous bakeries here for some scrummies temptations! Andy was very happy - he definitely enjoys the doughnuts and cream buns! Popped into the Olde Empire Hotel to check our reservations for the weekend, met the...

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