13Km east of Anuradhapura on the Trinco road, Mihintale is of enormous significance to the Sinhalese because it is where Buddhism oriented in Sri Lanka. In 247 BC, King Devanampiya Tissa of Anuradhapura met a monk who had been sent to Sri Lanka by his Father, the great Indian Buddhist emperor King Ashoka, while Deer hunting around the hill at Mihintale. Mahinda\'s mission was to convert the king of Lanka and his followers to Buddhism. Devanampiyatissa embraced the new doctrine and declared the area around Mihintale a sanctuary where no beast could be hunted. Usually in the month of June every year this great incident is been celebrated, The Poson Poya. This is celebrated at Mihintale on the Poson full-moon night.
Hot Air Ballooning
Whale & Dolphin Watching
Royal Botanic Gardens
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