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 (ŭn′ə-rä′də-po͝or′ə, ə-no͝or′ə-)
A town of north-central Sri Lanka north-northeast of Colombo. The ancient capital of Sinhalese kings of Ceylon, it has extensive ruins and is a Buddhist pilgrimage center.


(əˈnʊərədəˌpʊərə; ˌʌnʊˈrɑːdə-)
(Placename) a town in Sri Lanka: ancient capital of Ceylon; site of the sacred bo tree and place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Pop: 53 151 (2001)


(əˈnʊər ə dəˈpʊər ə, ˌʌn ʊˈrɑ də-)

a city in N central Sri Lanka: ruins of ancient Buddhist temples. 30,000.
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Ulagalla Resort, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka Ancient reservoirs, cultivated paddy fields, an ancestral estate and breathtaking beauty; this is the setting for our fourth luxurious eco retreat.
Sri Lanka was the first nation visited by Buddhist missionary monks, and her venerable ancient temples at Anuradhapura include a gigantic, 2,000-year-old sacred fig tree that is claimed to have been grown from a cutting collected from the very tree in India under which the Buddha first achieved enlightenment.
The longer, 2 week itinerary, 'Cycle Serendib' starts on the west coast, passes through the ancient cities of Anuradhapura and Sigiriya, then over the Knuckles Range to the tea growing region of the central highlands, before returning to the sea at the south coast.
Modi flew in here by an IAF chopper after a brief visit to the holy town of Anuradhapura where he offered prayers at the sacred Mahabodhi tree.
One of Sri Lanka's major attractions and a World Heritage Site, Sigiriya (Lion Rock) came into prominence in the 5th century AD, when King Kasyapa, afraid of reprisals led by his half-brother, Mogolan, chose to move the seat of power from Anuradhapura to this 500 m rock.
Rajitha Senaratne on Thursday has announced that the Health Ministry has joined hands with the Kidney Prevention Unit to give out numerous reverse osmosis water purification plants to the residents of the Anuradhapura District on 23rd of this month.
He stressed that some 111,459 families in the districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Hambantota, Puttalam, Mannar, Vavuniya, Moneragala, and Ampara had been affected by the prolonged situation.
The students visited the art gallery of the university and also witnessed the cultural performance at the faculty of dance and music, while it is also scheduled to visit Galle, Kandy, Anuradhapura and Sigirya during their stay in Sri Lanka.
Finally, it should be noted that Early Historic traditions record trees at Bodh Gaya and at Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.
The auctioneers' 23 April Indian and Islamic Art sale offered not only the extraordinary 10th- or 11th-century Anuradhapura period Buddhist temple moonstone from present-day Sri Lanka discovered in a Devon garden (also illustrated in the April issue), but also a near pair of 16th-century Iznik bottles--real market rarities these days.
The city of Anuradhapura is situated on the banks of the stream Malwatu Oya and is linked with the northwest and northeast seaports.
But what sets Anuradhapura apart from other Buddhist sites is the Sri Maha Bodhi tree.