Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage listed city in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The historic zone, northwest of the town, consists of a good variety of ruins, spread over a large area (like a mini Siem Reap,) along with a number of dagobas that are still important pilgrimage sites.
The majority of visitors are white-clad Sri Lankan pilgrims, rather than foreign tour groups, hence a less touristy and less harassing atmosphere than at Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa.
Anuradhapura is the most ancient city of Sri Lanka. It is where Buddhism began in the country as well as where the first kingdom was located. It is known for its ancient features such as ruins of palaces and temples. It is also home to the eight sacred places of Sri Lanka.
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