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Abhayagiri Dagaba - Things to Know Before Visiting

Watawandana Rd, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Buddhist Temples
Old Ruins

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About Abhayagiri Dagaba

Abhayagiri Vihāra was a primary religious site in Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana Buddhism located in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka and it is one of the most extensive ruins in the world. It is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage cities in the country.

Attractions Near Abhayagiri Dagaba

Archaeological Museum Anuradhapura
Archaeological Museum Anuradhapura2.62km from Abhayagiri Dagaba

It is also known as Puravidu Bhavana, one of the archaeological museums in North Central Province. The museum was established in 1947 under the prime effort of Dr. Senarath Paranavithana. It is one of the oldest museums.

Wilpattu National Park
Wilpattu National Park39.4km from Abhayagiri Dagaba

Wilpattu National Park is located 26 km north of Puttalam. With an area of 131,693 hectares Wilpattu National Park is the largest and oldest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. The park features more than 50 wetlands, 31 species of mammals, and countless species of birds.

Hurulu Forest Reserve
Hurulu Forest Reserve53.13km from Abhayagiri Dagaba

Hurulu Forest Reserve of Sri Lanka designated in January 1977 as a biosphere reserve. The forest reserve is an essential habitat of the Sri Lankan elephant. Hurulu forest reserve represents Sri Lanka dry-zone dry evergreen forests. Carved out at the Hurulu Forest Reserve edge is the Hurulu Eco Park, which offers jeep safaris.

Kaudulla National Park
Kaudulla National Park59.18km from Abhayagiri Dagaba

It is a national park located 197 km away from Colombo city. In April 2002, it was designated as a national park to become the 15th such in the country. Historically it was one of the 16 irrigation tanks built by King Mahasen and was reconstructed in 1959, now attracting and supporting a variety of plant and animal life, including large mammals, fish and reptiles.

Kalpitiya Dutch Church
Kalpitiya Dutch Church70.95km from Abhayagiri Dagaba

It is also known as St Peter's Kerk, located between the Dutch fort and the village of Kalpitiya. The church was built in 1706 by the Dutch and is a smaller version of the church in Matara fort. It is one of the earliest protestant churches in the country.

Gal Vihara (Rock Temple)
Gal Vihara (Rock Temple)80.81km from Abhayagiri Dagaba

It is also known as Gal Viharaya and formerly as the Uttararama.It is a rock temple of the Buddha located in North Central Province, Sri Lanka and was created in the 12th century by Parakramabahu I, the king of the old Kingdom of Polonnaruwa. The temple's central feature is four rock relief statues of the Buddha, which are carved into the face of a granite rock.

Where is Abhayagiri Dagaba

Discover More Attractions in North Central Province, Where Abhayagiri Dagaba Is Located

North Central Province

It is the biggest province located in the north middle in Sri Lanka, with 10,472 km2 covering around 16% of the Sri Lankan landmass. It has two districts; Polonnaruwa and the largest district that covers 68% of the province and the capital Anuradhapura. More than 65% of the province population depends on basic agriculture and agro-based industries.