Choose to visit, the sacred city of Anuradhapura The UNESCO heritage site was founded in the 3rd century BC with the arrival of Buddhist nun Sangamitta with a sapling of the Bo (fig) tree (tree of enlightenment) from India. The city that flourished as a political and religious capital for over 1300 years and abandoned in the late 900s to early 1000s has markings of a well planned out city. What remains of the City now are the ruins of Dagabos (Dome shaped religious buildings), monastic buildings and Pokunas (bathing ponds) that are of significant historical and architectural value.
Predominantly an agricultural city in the dry zone, it is evident that the city was provided with water through complex irrigations systems in the ancient times. The lakes, canals and reservoirs built with advanced technical and engineering skills available at the time have lasted 1000s of years and most are still standing strong today.