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Visit Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism
Mihintale is an important landmark in Buddhist culture. Climb 1,840 steps in the morning, surrounded by the sights and sounds of traders and pilgrims, before heading to Anuradhapura for a guided tour.
Mihintale translates as Mahinda’s Mountain and its summit was the place where the Sinhalese King Devanampiyatissa was converted to Buddhism by Arahat Mahinda, the son of the last Buddhist emperor of India. We recommend climbing this sacred mountain in the early morning or the late afternoon so that it is not so hot. 1,840 small steps will take you to the peak, and along the way you will meet monkeys and vendors selling ornaments and refreshments. After you descend Mihintale, you will go on a guided tour of the sacred city of Anuradhapura, visiting giant stupas, sacred trees, ancient ruins, and administrative buildings.
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