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Overview

Brief Discussion

Anuradhapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sinhala civilization. It was the third capital of the kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.

The city, now a World Heritage site, was the centre of Theravada Buddhism for many centuries. The city lies 205 km (127 mi) north of the current capital of Colombo in the North Central Province, on the banks of the historic Malvathu River. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

Geography

Geographycal aspects

Geography of Anuradhapura showing paddy fields and water reservoirs. Partially dried water reservoir (Nuwara Wewa) during dry season. Females removing weeds in paddy fields. Water reservoir during the rainy season. Dried up reservoirs during dry season. Flooding in Anuradhapura. Paddy field during the cultivation season. 

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