History of Anuradhapura can be dated back to 380 BC when it was set up as the capital by the King Pandukabhaya. Anuradhapura remained in power for about one thousand and five hundred years. This city is one of the renowned destinations for Buddhist pilgrimage in Sri Lanka. It was abandoned by its residents after an invasion in 993. During 19th century British rulers rediscovered it and Anuradhapura was revived. Anuradhapura is an important centre of Sri Lankan civilization. There are a number of places to visit in this ancient city. The fascinating ruins and relics of Anuradhapura are worth visiting.
Sri Maha Bodhiya is considered to be oldest living tree. It is a sacred religious spot for the Buddhists from all over the world. It is believed that Sanghamitta brought a branch from the Bodhi Tree and planted it here. Jetavanarama, Ruwanwelisaya, Mirisaveti Stupa, Dakkhina Stupa and Naka Vihara are some of the mostly visited stupas in Anuradhapura.
Some other noted tourist attractions in Anuradhapura are Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Lankarama and Isurumuniya. The Samadhi Statue of Lord Buddha situated in Mahamevuna Park is a beautiful granite sculpture. It depicts Lord Buddha in the posture of meditation.