Anuradhapura tour

2600 year-old capital of Sri Lanka

Anuradhapura was the capital of Sri-Lanka since V century BC until it was destroyed in XI century, what makes Anuradhapura the longest existed capital on earth.


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Highlights in Anuradhapura:

  • Abayagiriya Stupa, Ranweli Stupa, Jetawana Stupa (the biggest brick monument ever made), Thuparama Stupa (the oldest buddhist building in Sri-Lanka)
  • Sacred 2300 year-old Bodhi Tree, the oldest known tree on Earth
  •  Samadhi Buddha Statue

Other attractions in Anuradhapura:

  • Anuradhapura Museum of jewellery, gems, sculptures and ceramics.
  • Moonstone - ancient stone for decorating the entrance to the Temple and describing the whole Philosophy of Buddhism.
  • Artificial lakes - part of the oldest functioning irrigation system in the world.


Detailed Program:


Abayagiriya Stupa, Ranweli Stupa, Jetawana Stupa (Anuradhapura)

The first settlement on the site of Anuradhapura arose in the VI century BC. In 377 BC the city (called Anuradhapura) becomes the capital of the first Sinhala kingdom on the island.

In the vicinity of these stupas, there was an extensive system of irrigation canals. Anuradhapura developed dynamically as a shopping center; marked on the maps of Claudius Ptolemy.

Anuradhapura is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

A place of pilgrimage for Buddhists is the Mahabodhi tree and the Mahabodhi temple around it.The Mahabodhi tree is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with a known planting date. 

It is grown from a branch of the sacred Bodhi tree, situated in the Indian town of Bodh Gaya, under which, according to the legend, Lord Buddha attained  Enlightenment. 

Samadhi Buddha Statue

Samadhi Buddha Statue is the only survived complete Buddha statue which is considered to be an unachieveble example of perfect sculpture art, because the statue shows the perfect state of Buddha's mind free of any addictions and emotions.


Anuradhapura Museum 

Anuradhapura Archaeological Museum (Also known as Puravidu Bhavana) is one of the oldest museum in the Cultural Triangle area.

The museum is used to exhibit antiquities found from various regions of Sri Lanka. Such as Buddha statues, inscriptions, drawings, puppets, coins, jewelleries, Beads and other miscellaneous things.

Among these antiquities there is a model of the Thuparamaya Vatadage and a relic chamber found at Mihintale Kantaka Chetiya Dagoba.


Sandakada pahana, also known as Moon-stone, is a unique feature of the Sinhalese architecture of ancient Sri Lanka.

It is an elaborately carved semi-circular stone slab, usually placed at the bottom of staircases and entrances.

According to historians, the sandakada pahana symbolises the cycle of Samsara in Buddhism.

Excursion features

Private tour
For ready-made groups of 1-8 people

Can start any day
This tour is not tied to specific dates, you can start on any convenient day

Variable program
The program can be changed and customized for you

Possible with children
The tour is recommended for travelers with children

Start from anywhere
We pick up from any hotel

Comfortable car
Transport: air-conditioned car or minivan

Tour cost: 

For a group of 1-3 people . 4-seater car (the price is indicated for the car, regardless of the number of people)

From Colombo and Negombo - 150 usd
From Bentota and Kalutara - 170 usd
From Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna - 230 usd
From Mirissa, Weligama - 250 usd
From Trincomalee - 150 usd
From Tangalle - 290 usd

For a group of 4-8 people . Minibus.

From Colombo and Negombo - 200 usd
From Bentota and Kalutara - 250 usd
From Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna - 280 usd
From Mirissa, Weligama - 300 usd
From Trincomalee - 200 usd

* To clarify the cost from other locations or more people write or call us.

What is included. Entrance tickets

Included in the price:
comfortable car (or minivan) with air conditioning
gasoline, parking, toll roads
English-speaking driver

Not included:
entrance fees (since you have an individual tour you can choose what you want to visit and what to skip):
 * all prices are in dollars per person;
meals (lunch and dinner in a European restaurant are possible as a buffet - $ 10 per person)
personal expenses and tips

Reviews about the organizer




I, as a professional wildlife photographer, traveled to Sri Lanka with some unusual requests. Igor helped not only to plan the route through the national parks and provided a very good driver, but also helped to find professional ornithologists in all the necessary locations.
We traveled to almost all national parks - Udawalawe, Minneriya, Yalu. We went to Sinharaja. There are many elephants and birds everywhere. Yala confirmed its reputation - here we managed to see leopards, however, unfortunately - very far away. I really liked Khabarana - the best place for shooting birds that you can find. We took a half-day ride to Wilpattu - a little-known park among tourists, which Igor recommended to me. The park itself is beautiful, comfortable, good paths, it is clear that they are taking care of it. You can definitely put it on a par with Yala. Unlucky to see leopards, but lucky to see Himalayan bears and giant squirrels. Of the minuses in Wilpattu - the complete absence of normal hotels near the park. I would not advise anyone to stay here overnight.
The rain spoiled the experience a bit. Complicated filming in Sinharaja. It is a pity that because of the rains it was not possible to shoot in the forests in the Kandy region. If you go to Sri Lanka for the sake of animals and national parks, you still need to take into account the season. But anyway, a huge thank you guys for organizing! With all the difficulties, it was thanks to them that we managed to squeeze the maximum out of this trip. Organization at the highest level - the guys will solve any problems, always in touch, find hotels in the right places at any time, organize transport, professional guides and ornithologists will prompt. Definitely 5+




Good afternoon, the tour went great. Very good guide, we will recommend you to all our friends. THANK YOU!