Vessagiriya Ruins

Vessagiriya Ruins, Anuradhapura: Address, Vessagiriya Ruins Reviews: 4.5/5

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Anshuwa
Colombo, Sri Lanka62 contributions
Unbelievable site
Jun 2019 • Couples
My wife and I visited this place without knowing much about this place, although we both have visited Anuradhapura several times.

By the first look we didn't understand the importance or at least the size of the place. Luckily we met a guide who gave us a very good explanation of this place. According to him, this place dates back even before era of King "Devnam Piyatissa" who supported and sponsored the spread of Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
You can see man made caves which leave you confused how they were moved and how they were placed in the way they are now. And this is the only place I saw the unfinished stone work which always made me confused how the workmen in those days have produced buildings and statues with smooth surfaces.
However the highlight of the place for me was the frescoes which looked identical to Sigiriya. You can also find a kings chamber too.

If you are really interested of the place, I strongly suggest you to talk to a guide because this place is rarely mentioned with Sri Lankan history. The guide we met is Lal Mettasinghe (+94 703663123).
Written 20 July 2019
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Jackie
London, UK221 contributions
Interesting historical site
Jan 2019 • Couples
We went here with a guide who gave us excellent historical information. Fascinating to understand how old this site is, very calm and peaceful
Written 13 March 2019
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Phil R
Hamilton, New Zealand115 contributions
Nice place
Jan 2019 • Family
Enjoyed seeing the buildings intergrated with the rocks. Calmbering around the rocks with the kids was fun.
Written 20 January 2019
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Eva J
Moscow, Russia2,698 contributions
old ruins
Dec 2018 • Solo
It's free! The rocks can get really slippery when it rains. Look closely at the rocks on top, you can see some of the writing from monks loooooong ago.
Written 14 January 2019
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Ashvini P
Manama, Bahrain61 contributions
Ancient Buddhist forest monastery
Dec 2018 • Couples
One of the most amazing places I’ve seen. There are many many Caves. One of the oldest monasteries of the Anuradhapura kingdom. It is located very close to Isurumuniya. It was home to about five hundred monks.
Written 2 January 2019
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SEs
London, UK25,845 contributions
Rocks
Nov 2018 • Friends
This old Buddhist monks abode is surrounded by rocks. The ruins are good to spend about an hour here.
Written 3 November 2018
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shihanlegend
Ratnapura, Sri Lanka111 contributions
Ancient meditation site
Apr 2018
This is a ancient meditation site. thousands of enlightened monks have lived here,therefore it's a sacred area.you can see relics.
Written 8 April 2018
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Bishan W
Colombo, Sri Lanka482 contributions
Out of this World.
Mar 2018 • Friends
One of the most amazing places I’ve seen. I’m ashamed of my self that o did not visit here sooner. The ruins and caves date back a Millennia. The medication postures can clearly be identified by the marks it has on the stones. There are so many caves try to visit them all. I learnt that many people only visit the main cave, but I encourage travers to see all the caves. Walk around the park and you won’t miss them. The place is known to be utilised by Atahats for meditation. If you are lucky you will be accompanied by 2 very friendly dogs, pls say hi to them.
Written 29 March 2018
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tednakhle
Brighton and Hove, UK64 contributions
interesting historical site
Feb 2018 • Couples
you need an explanation to appreciate the significance of this site which is interesting both geologically and historically
Written 14 March 2018
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Fortheloveoffrog
London, UK152 contributions
Worth it if spiritual
Nov 2017 • Friends
We had an amazing spiritual guide who gave us a bit of an energy charge and history lesson from him. He also did some form of palmistry and advice which was unexpected. We met his spiritual guide which was a little treat but didn’t wish to disturb his contemplation. I have reservations recommending this place for the average tourist, but I loved it.

I wish I had brought food for all the stray dogs so if you read this- flea vaccines and left over food would be appreciated by furry friends.
Written 19 December 2017
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