Guided tours to the ancient, historical and religious sites in Anuradhapura

Rajarata hotel offers many tailor-made excursion programmes ranging from field trips and full-day trips to bicycle tours. Our local tour guides will make sure that you gain the most value from the various customised tour packages by ensuring that you become a part of the local culture and the history itself.

Whether you want places to go to or things to do in Anuradhapura during your stay, we’ve got you covered!

Being the first capital of ancient Sri Lanka, here in Anuradhapura, our rich history still stands proud as ruins and irrigational sites.

Surrounded by many great religious sites, the sacred city of Anuradhapura is simply full of iconic points of interest, ideal for those looking to immerse themselves in local traditions and culture.

The tours and excursions in Anuradhapura will be conducted by professionally trained cultural anthropologists with a wealth of knowledge and expertise about the ancient city thus making your tour experience a learning one.

Attractions in Anuradhapura

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Travel Anuradhapura

In addition to the buffet of historical sites, Rajarata Hotel provides travellers with the opportunity to take in some of the natural marvels of the ancient city. With over 40 sq. kilometres of places to go and sites of natural beauty to take in, Rajarata Hotel will provide you with facilities including specialist transportation to make your experience even more enjoyable.

Cycling around the Lakes

The lakes in Anuradhapura are ready to welcome visitors on cycles as well as on foot with their scenic water life and cool and shady environment. They are also ideal for small picnics in the grassy banks with sounds of water birds and smells of water lillies.

Cycling in the Heritage Site

All the special archaeological sites in Anuradhapura are situated in walking distance from each other or a small distance on a tuk-tuk. Renting a bicycle and cycling around is the easiest way to visit most of the places, as it reduces traffic and can take shady small paths.

Climbing the thousand steps of Mihintale

Mihintale is a hill in the plains of the North East of Sri Lanka. The Mihintale Monastery is built in the top of the hill, and the 1840 steps leading to the monastery are still there paving the way. Half of these steps can be avoided with a bi-route, but it’s a daring climb to enjoy a 360֯ view.

Camping at Wilpattu

Wilpattu National Park offers not just safaris for the morning, evening or full day, but also ideal sites to camp with tents, or bungalows for nights inside the park. It is whole another experience to spend the night in front of a camp fire among the sounds of the jungle.

Safari at Kaudulla

Kaudulla is an ideal place to observe the behaviors of the gentle giants; elephants. Created around the ancient man-made lake Kaudulla, this national park is a safe haven for not only elephants, but also an occasional leopard or sloth bear, and numerous species of birds.

Walking among the nature at the Nature Park

Created in the middle of the town, Nature Park Anuradhapura is the ideal getaway for your sudden yearning for nature and its colors. With its shady trees away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is the ultimate hideout for a calm and quiet day among the nature.

Watching Sigiriya from Pidurangala

Situated near Sigiriya, Pidurangala rock is another famous climb up in the King’s Country or Rajarata. With the scenic view of 360֯, Pidurangala will amaze you with the beauty it can show. And do not forget to take that classic picture of you looking over Sigiriya while you are there.

Hiking in Ritigala

Ritigala is a range of mountains which is one of the three strict nature reserves in Sri Lanka and is about 5 km2 in land extent. This mountain range rises abruptly 2000 feet from the surrounding terrain which is about 500 feet above sea level and is therefore ideal for hiking.

All the special archaeological sites in Anuradhapura are situated in walking distance from each other or a small distance on a tuk-tuk. Renting a bicycle and cycling around is the easiest way to visit most of the places, as it reduces traffic and can take shady small paths.

Mihintale is a hill in the plains of the North East of Sri Lanka. The Mihintale Monastery is built in the top of the hill, and the 1840 steps leading to the monastery are still there paving the way. Half of these steps can be avoided with a bi-route, but it’s a daring climb to enjoy a 360֯ view.

Wilpattu National Park offers not just safaris for the morning, evening or full day, but also ideal sites to camp with tents, or bungalows for nights inside the park. It is whole another experience to spend the night in front of a camp fire among the sounds of the jungle.

Kaudulla is an ideal place to observe the behaviors of the gentle giants; elephants. Created around the ancient man-made lake Kaudulla, this national park is a safe haven for not only elephants, but also an occasional leopard or sloth bear, and numerous species of birds.

Created in the middle of the town, Nature Park Anuradhapura is the ideal getaway for your sudden yearning for nature and its colors. With its shady trees away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is the ultimate hideout for a calm and quiet day among the nature.

Situated near Sigiriya, Pidurangala rock is another famous climb up in the King’s Country or Rajarata. With the scenic view of 360֯, Pidurangala will amaze you with the beauty it can show. And do not forget to take that classic picture of you looking over Sigiriya while you are there.

Ritigala is a range of mountains which is one of the three strict nature reserves in Sri Lanka and is about 5 km2 in land extent. This mountain range rises abruptly 2000 feet from the surrounding terrain which is about 500 feet above sea level and is therefore ideal for hiking.