For indepedent travellers interested in Buddhist heritage, my hometown Mihintale near Anuradhapura is definitely a major destination in Sri Lanka's so-called Cultural Triangle. The Ambasthala Dagaba, where Buddhism was introduced to the island, is a pilgrimage destination of historical significance. Several attractions in its vicinity, such as Kantaka Chetiya and rice boat, are usually visited by foreign guests too. Additionally, the less-frequented "dark pond" Kaludiya Pokuna" at the foot of the Mihintale hills is mentioned in pocket guides and therefore not completely unknown.
But there are several more places of interest in and around Mihintale that are worth a visit and that are still completely off the beaten path. Here is a list of five of them. For more detailed descriptions please visit our unrivalled Mihintale main page, where you can find more detailed information on each of them and on the famous sites, too.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka,