Revered by Sri Lankan Buddhists as the origin of the religion on the island, Mihintale's frangipani-fringed pathways lead to stupas, pools and monastery ruins.
During the 3rd century BC, it is said that the King of Anuradhapura was out hunting on Mihintale Hill when Mahinda the son of the great Indian Buddhist Emperor, Mahinda approached him. Their exchange leads to the King converting to Buddhism, the construction of religious monuments, a refectory, hospital and 68 caves. During your visit, you will be greeted by many resident macaques, Ambasthale Dagoba, Naga Pokuna (Snake Pond) and after a steep climb, breath-taking panoramic views from meditation rock (Aradhana Gala). Continue to Kaludiya Pokuna (Black Water Pond), a local, ancient monastic site where monks still meditate, hidden in surrounding forests.
- Visit the mountain-top birthplace of Buddhism.
- Ascend to the top of Aradhana Gala for incredible 360-degree views.
- Combine with a nearby forest monastery where monks still meditate.
Includes: Host, refreshments.
Duration: 2 Hours
Season: all year