Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Sri Lankan civilization. From the fourth century BC until the beginning of the 11th century AD it was the capital of the ancient Kings of Sri Lanka. During this period it remained one of the most stable and durable centers of politics and culture in South Asia, even today the ancient city considered sacred to the Buddhist world. Anuradhapura was the center for Buddhism for many centuries.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Anuradhapura is in North Central Province, 200km north to the capital Colombo, on the banks of the historic Malvathu Oya. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.