Anuradhapura Day Tour from Kandy

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Anuradhapura Day Tour from Kandy

Anuradhapura Day Tour

Departing and returning to Kandy

During the Anuradhapura Day Tour from Kandy, we explore the main historical sites of Anuradhapura, Sri Maha Bodhi Tree and also the Mihintale Monastery of Anuradhapura.

Anuradhapura, no doubt the mother of all cultural sites of Sri Lanka, now a world heritage site. Anuradhapura was the capitol of Sinhala Kings from 4th century BC and lasted for 1300 years. After an invasion in 993 AD, Anuradhapura was lastingly abandoned. For centuries, the site lay hidden in the jungle. Rediscovered by the British in the 19th century, Anuradhapura became the heart of Buddhist pilgrimage site once again. Anuradhapura is famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and is a "Must do" day tour when in Kandy, Sri Lanka to witness the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka.

Mihintale Monastery, just a 30 minutes drive from Anuradhapura is The most important place of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, considered the cradle of Buddhism of this island. Mihintale Monastery is a mountain peak near Anuradhapura, it is believed by Sri Lankans to be the site of a meeting between the Buddhist monk Mahinda and King Devanampiyatissa which inaugurated the presence of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. It is now a pilgrimage site, and the site of several religious monuments and abandoned structures. According to Dipavamsa and Mahavamsa, Thera Mahinda came to Sri Lanka from India on the full moon day of the month of June and met King Devanampiyatissa and the people, and preached the doctrine. The traditional spot where this meeting took place is revered by the Buddhists of Sri Lanka. Therefore, in the month of June, Buddhists make their pilgrimage to Anuradhapura and Mihintale.

Sri Maha Bodhi - Is the southern branch of the original Bodhi tree under which Gautama Buddha was seated with his back against it. Therefore, the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree of Anuradhapura is the only sacred relic in the world comparable to the living Buddha, which has been sanctified by the touch of the Lord Buddha and was subjected to the homage of the esteemed one himself for one whole week through 'Animisa Lochana Pooja'.


  • Pick up from Kandy Hotel and transfer to Anuradhapura - Approximately 3 1/2 hours drive
  • Explore the most important ancient capitol of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura. An UNESCO world heritage site once powerhouse of Sri Lankan ancient kingdoms, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization
  • Lunch at a recommended restaurant
  • Transfer to Dambulla – 1 ½ hours drive approximately
  • Visit Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO world heritage site, this complex dates from the third and second centuries BC
  • Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNSCO world heritage site now and was the palace and pleasure garden of King Kassapa
  • Transfer to Kandy – 2 hours drive approximately

for a car or minivan (maximum 6 passengers)

US$ 205

Anuradhapura Day Tour from Kandy
Anuradhapura Day Tour from Kandy

for a mini coach (maximum 10 passengers)

US$ 211

Anuradhapura Day Tour from Kandy

We can tailor this trip to suit your requirements

Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursions to accommodation

The rate includes,

  • Kandy - Anuradhapura - Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy transfers in an air conditioned vehicle with an English speaking driver
  • All Taxes

The above rates does not include the followings, you may purchase them on your own if required. Our chauffeur will help you in the process,

  • Entry fees for the mentioned attractions and activities
  • Meals or refreshments
  • Specialist guide’s fee

Places of visit during this trip

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Anuradhapura ancient city
  • Dambulla Cave Temple