Rent a car in Anuradhapura
Being one of the most ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is popular for its well-preserved ruins – remnants of temples and other holy places. The city holds a UNESCO World Heritage site title and is a delight for history fanatics.
The distance from Colombo to Anuradhapura is about 200kms. The best route to get there with your self-drive rent a car is through the Colombo-Katunayake expressway and then get onto the A28 highway – approximately four hours drive.
When in Anuradhapura
Private car hires with or without a driver allows you to schedule your trip your way. Following are the places you must visit with your rent a car in Anuradhapura.
Sri Maha Bodhi
Sri Maha Bodhi is an ancient fig tree that still thrives today in the Mahamewna Gardens of Anuradhapura. This tree is highly sacred because it is believed to have been brought from India, from the same place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment.
You cannot leave Anuradhapura without visiting this Dagoba. Dating back to the 1st century BC, the original height of this colossal dagoba was 100 meters, making it one of the greatest global structures of the time.
One of the prominent attractions in Anuradhapura, the Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba is amongst the largest in Sri Lanka. Get to the heart of the city with your car rental in Anuradhapura and visit this 338 feet high, massive structure which also has large paved courts, and platforms to add a unique architectural structure.
Once the third-largest structure in the world, this huge monastery marks the location of where Lord Buddha’s sash was tied and preserved for a long time. Home to about 10,000 monks, the Jetavanaramaya remains one of the largest holy structures across the world and lures travelers with its enchanting historical significance.
Drive to the Archaeological Museum of Anuradhapura with your car hire and observe a range of ancient artifacts, intricate carvings, and very old domestic items that were extracted from excavations in all parts of Sri Lanka. Paintings, coins, and centuries-old items of the Sinhalese civilizations are exhibited here.