The Jetavanaramaya is a stupa located within the ancient city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Today you will drive to Anuradhapura, the first capital and once the grandest city of ancient Ceylon, where Sinhalese kings ruled for more than a thousand years. It is the home of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and while there, you’ll visit several places of historical and archaeological interest. For example, Sri Maha Bodhi (sacred bodhu tree), is more than 2,200 years old and the oldest documented tree in the world. It was brought to the site as a sapling, where Prince Siddhartha is said to have attained enlightenment. The Brazen Palace, built more than 2,000 years ago, is remarkable for its 1,600 stone columns, all that’s left of a magnificent nine-story home to more than 1,000 monks. Ruvanvelisaya, also more than 2,000 years old, is the most famous of all the dagobas, or Buddhist monuments. The Samadhi Buddha statue (4th century) depicts the Buddha in a state of “samadhi,” or deep meditation, and is one of the finest statues in the country. Isurumuniya rock temple (3rd century BC) is well known for its very fine, well-preserved rock carvings.
In the afternoon, head to the high rocky ruins of Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced more than 2,300 years ago. Climb a grand stairway of some 1,840 ancient granite steps to the summit from which there is a great panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. Along the way, the hillside is filled with shrines, sculptures, stupas, and rock dwellings.
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Heritance Kandalama (or similar)