Things to do in Anuradhapura
Sacred City of Anuradhapura in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka and Anuradhapura was the first kingdom of the ancient Sri Lanka, founded by King Pandukabhaya in 377 BC. King Pandukabhaya is the longest period in Sri Lanka (70 Years). There are 126 Kings ruled the Anuradhapura kingdom in 1454 years and Anuradhapura is the longest kingdom ruled by Sri Lankan kings. There are few highlighting kings in Anuradhapura kingdom.
King Pandukabhaya (BC 377–BC 367) founder of the King Anuradhapura Kingdom.
King Devanampiya Tissa (BC 307 - BC 267) introduced the Buddhism to Sri Lanka.
King Dutugamunu (BC 161–BC 137) united Sri Lanka and defeating south Indian king.
Sri Lanka most of ancient kingdom based on trading fort and during the Anuradhapura kingdom key trading port is “Thambapani” North Western Part of the island (Mannar). Since ancient time Sri Lanka is the major port connecting east and west. Sri Lanka located strategically Ideal place in the Indian Ocean. Therefore, Sri Lanka had consecutive invasion from South Indians.
During the Anuradhapura kingdom Buddhism played a major role and influenced culture, law and governing methods. King Devanampiya Tissa onwards all kings developing and constructing Buddhism, temples and statues. Anuradhapura kingdom is the built highest amount water tanks for save the rain water and paddy cultivation.
Presently majority of population Sinhalese but it is a multi-culture city like other cities of Sri Lanka. Still people key income source is cultivation. Present population approx. 1 million in Anuradhapura district.