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031 Sri Lanka Anuradhapura

One of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is a world heritage site with historical highlights including the Anuradhapura Maha Viharaya, the Jetavanaramaya stupa and the Abhayagiri Vihāra.

There are also a number of museums such as the Folk Museum and the Archaeological Museum to explore, with the remains of palaces and monestataries scattered throughout the city. The vibrant Isurumuniya Monastery housing a reclining Buddha is particularly spectacular.

A central city in Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is connected with areas including Jaffna and Colombo by rail and bus making it a relatively easy place to visit.

The nearby Mihintale mountain peak is now a pilgrimage site, with a number of religious monuments including a large Buddha statue and the Maha Stupa.

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