When making a tour over the island of Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, it is impossible to miss the city of Anuradhapura, or more particularly, the temples of Anuradhapura. Looking over one of the artificial lakes, called tanks - fresh water reservoirs dating from as far back as the 12th century, you can't ignore the view on the two giant stupa's, standing out high above everything else on the horizon.
Frankly speaking, we started with the most beautiful stupa of Mihintale. After that, for us it gets a bit less interesting and after a stupa or 8 you might start to think you have seen them all, which is of course far from the truth. Some of the stupa's are really in use as a temple, eye blinding white in the sunshine and receiving lots of locals to worship. Others are not painted, just brown stone, but still huge. Not many visitors.
Of course, the monkeys are wild animals, but we have not witnessed any aggression, theft, or any other type of inappropriate behavior. At least, when you do not consider holding your baby upside down as such.
There is so much to see, feel, hear and smell. In Sri Lanka you will use all of your senses to get a taste of this wonderful country.
Watch the video of a visit to the Temples of Anuradhapura: