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Unesco World heritage since: 1982
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This sacred city was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', the Buddha's fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again.
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Hotels and places to stay
Vista Nivahana Holiday
Milano Tourist Rest
Vista Milano Tourist Rest
Grand Crown Hotel
Thilaka City Hotel
PALM GARDEN VILLAGE HOTEL
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Medium airport - 56 mi (91 km) Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport
Large airport - 87 mi (140 km) Batticaloa Airport
Medium airport - 99 mi (159 km) Kankesanturai Airport
Medium airport - 103 mi (166 km) Beira Lake Seaplane Base
Seaplane base - 104 mi (167 km) Amparai Airport
Medium airport - 109 mi (177 km) Colombo Ratmalana Airport
Medium airport - 110 mi (177 km) Arugam Bay SPB
Seaplane base - 142 mi (229 km) Trivandrum International Airport
Large airport - 237 mi (382 km) Cochin International Airport
Large airport - 299 mi (482 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.
- Bandara Bulankulama
- Dahalyagama Handiya
- Ihala Hammillewa
- New Town
- Pahala Hammillewa
- Pandulagama Handiya
- Wanniyankulama (West)