Capital between the 10th and 12th century AD, then abandonned to the benefit of Polonnarua. The jungle then took over until its discovery last century.

There is plenty of digging left to do for the next few decades. UNESCO is working on it since it is a world heritage site.

This Bo tree has a 2000 year old history. It is the only direct cutting from the Bo tree in India under which the Lord Buddha attained enlightment. As such it is a pilgrimage site for Buddhist since the original tree no longer exists.

{Last modified: VT 12th June 2000}

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