Anuradhapura Travel Guide
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Anuradhapura, paying for it separately, would easily be one of the most overpriced tourist attractions in the world. As it is, it's certainly one of the most overrated. Primarily consisting in the bare foundations of heavily weathered red brick sprawling on and on and boringly on into the jungle, Anuradhapura's claim to fame is its original 'bodhi' tree (not very impressive) and its three massive stupas (one so restored it looks as if it were built last week, one still being reclaimed from the jungle, and one that actually lives up to its billing), but outside of these, the ruins are spread-out, uninspiring, and in poor condition. If you haven't gotten admission with a 'Cultural Triangle' ticket, I wouldn't suggest seeking out the ticket booth (foreigner tickets are many hundreds of times the local price at $25 USD, and there are no extant control points). I also would treat your guidebook's suggestion to devote multiple days to the underwhelming site with a major grain of salt.Recommended for:
Anuradhapura in north central Sri Lanka is home to a site thought to have been an ancient meeting place between two Buddhas. Now there is a complex standing in remembrance of this legendary meeting. A huge white Buddha statue tops off this fascinating and historic destination.