Isurumuniya Temple, Anuradhapura

#4 of 15 in Historic Sites in Anuradhapura
Religious Site · Landmark
Known for its depiction of a huge reclining Buddha, Isurumuniya Temple includes many exquisite carvings, many of which date from around the 3rd century BCE and later. A lotus pond outside the temple features bathing elephants, masterfully carved out of rocks at the foot of a cliff. A small museum inside the temple contains more rock carvings, including a famous image of a love affair between a king and a lower-caste woman. Take a look at our Anuradhapura trip itinerary planning tool to schedule your visit to Isurumuniya Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This was our first stop of the day on our visit to the ancient city. Despite it being early the site was still busy. It is well worth a look at when in the locality. Dont miss the carvings on the...  more »
  • An ancient and interesting temple. Don’t miss the carving by the tank and the great carvings in the museum  more »

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