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Jethawanaramaya Stupa

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Jethawanaramaya Stupa

470 Reviews
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Situated close to the historic city of Anuradhapura in the north west of Sri Lanka, Wilpattu became a National Park in 1938. The park takes its name from the numerous lakes, known as Willu, that are dotted throughout the park. Wilpattu National Park has the unique feature of many natural lakes, which are sand-rimmed water basins or natural depressions in the land that fill with rainwater, creating beautiful lakes. These natural lakes are hotspots for all sorts of animals to gather for a refreshing drink and bathe, especially in the dry summer months. Wildlife in Wilpattu National Park includes 31 species of mammal, including the sloth bear, the Sri Lankan elephant and the elusive leopard. Afternoon safari is the best to spot many animals. <br>• Two way hotel transfers included<br>• Hear commentary from an expert guide<br>• Witness the highest concentration of leopards at Wilpattu
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Ishanka Hasaranga wrote a review 4 Feb
Kalutara, Sri Lanka796 contributions51 helpful votes
A huge stupa in Anuradhapura which belongs to the atamasthana. Best to visit in morning or evening to avoid hot sun.
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Date of experience: January 2021
Ruchira W wrote a review Aug 2020
Colombo, Sri Lanka10 contributions
This is one of the biggest ancient Stupa, another sacred archaeological site in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. By the time of my visit it was under some renovation/reconstruction process, but it was still holding its former glamour well preserving the sacred values of its past !
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Date of experience: August 2020
Kamal P wrote a review May 2020
Byron Bay, Australia2,278 contributions55 helpful votes
Apart of being a sacred edifice, Jethawanaramaya by far is the giant of all the stupas. Of the man-made structures in the world it has been recorded that this edifice was only the third to pyramids and the tallest of all the stupas in the world rising to almost over 120 meters. With the gradual weathering over the years and collapse, apparently the height has reduced and what remains today is the outcome of the last restoration by another great Sri lankan king - Parakramabahu in 12th century. The Stupa is conserved beautifully and reflects the engineering skills of the ancient Sri lankan people.
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Date of experience: January 2020
Wasantha dissanayake wrote a review May 2020
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka6 contributions2 helpful votes
Jethawana stupa was built by King mahasen. It is the tallest stupa in the country. But today because of nature you can't see the upper part of it. There is a nice story behind how it comes to built. Earlier in King mahasen's time there was two clans of Buddhist monks namely therawada and mahayana. There were constant fights with this two clans. Unfortunately king got the side of mahayana clan and treated therawada monks very badly. Some times very brutally. So, after some time the therawada monks fleed in to deep forest with there books. After several years passed by King realised that he had done a sin. So he called back therawada monks to city again and correct his wrong decision. But he still feel like uneasy. After that with a discussion about the Buddhism with the chief Monk of therawada clan he build this huge stupa.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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ATY39 wrote a review Mar 2020
Sopot, Poland235 contributions114 helpful votes
This stupa is close to the archeological museum which in closed for reconstruction. Therefore there was nobody there when we visited the stupa. Really an experience, especially with a big her of monkeys climbing the stupa
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Date of experience: March 2020
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