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Things To Do In Anuradhapura

Planning A Trip To Anuradhapura? Here's our list of top things to do in Anuradhapura

With expansive marks of archeological feats and ancient temple ruins with massive Dagobas, your trip to Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka is going to be quite an experience. When the European culture was still in its nascent stage, Anuradhapura was at its peak with its wondrous architecture, masterpieces of art and extensive cultural contributions.


Renowned as a world heritage site, Anuradhapura, today houses some of the world’s most popular remnants and ruins built during the ancient rule. With amazing brick towers and age-old constructions of pools showcasing the city’s architectural artwork, Anuradhapura’s greatest accomplishment include its Dagobas, which were restored to attain their original glory with care and great consideration. There may not be a lot of fun options to explore in the city besides visiting the archeological wonders, but there are a few things to do in Anuradhapura during your visit.

Wildlife Jeep Safari

Wildlife Jeep Safari:  Things To Do In Anuradhapura
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One of the most gorgeous national parks in Sri Lanka, taking a wildlife safari in Wilpatthu National Park is a very exciting prospect indeed. With several natural lakes covering the park’s landscapes and over 30 species of different animals that include the Sri Lankan leopard, Elephants, Spotted Deer, the Sloth Bear, Sambar, Buffalos and Mongoose; the wildlife safari can be covered in a Jeep to take you around in complete safety.


Camping:  Things To Do In Anuradhapura
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Enjoy camping in the midst of nature at the Wilpatthu National Park, roughly 7 km from the Park’s entrance and about 5 km from its boundary, or you can also visit the Habarana camp site to witness the Elephant Corridor camp with all the in-built modern facilities and scrumptious food choices.


Boating:  Things To Do In Anuradhapura
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Popular for its captivating coastline with pristine sceneries around the river, Anuradhapura attracts tourists in large numbers and has a number of evergreen rainforests and enchanting beaches to keep you engaged and mesmerized. Boating is another activity you can enjoy here, whether in a private boat or as part of a cruise to enjoy the natural wonders of the city.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot Air Balloon Ride:  Things To Do In Anuradhapura
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View the world below, high above on a hot air balloon with some breathtaking views of just not the city of Anuradhapura but the lovely tropical haven of Sri Lanka with licenses pilots to take you high and enjoy the enthralling views of the rocky mountains, lakes & rivers, lush greenery and the cultural attractions. This ride is best enjoyed early morning to make the most of the city visuals and take in the green landscaping. The best time for a hot air balloon ride is November through April.


Kayaking:  Things To Do In Anuradhapura
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Aboard the Wannemaduwa Tank at dawn, take a kayak tour of the wildlife and witness them at their most active state of being, while quietly paddling to avoid disturbing the natural habitat. With an experienced tour guide by your side, you will have double the fun with some memorable stories of the jungle. You will also have a pair of binoculars and a lifejacket to enjoy the kayaking tour, feeling safe and secure.

Bicycle Excursion

Bicycle Excursion:  Things To Do In Anuradhapura
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An excursion on a bicycle is as trendy and enjoyable as it can get to admire Anuradhapura’s simplistic beauty and witness the exotic group of birds as well as small wildlife along the route. Hire a guide or explore the sites on your own, this experience will only add to your book of memories!


Fishing:  Things To Do In Anuradhapura
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For the fishing enthusiasts, there are fishing excursions for beginners and experts alike. You will be assisted by the locals and even equipped with a fishing kit for a memorable fishing experience. With a variety of excursion packages by travel companies in Anuradhapura, the fishing trips can be customized to your liking and budget with professional experts along with some full-day field trips.

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