Ancient ruins of Medirigiriya

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Medirigiriya, Sri Lanka

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Ancient ruins of Medirigiriya Sep 15, 2011
Medirigiriya is a small ancient city which was abandoned by the local inhabitants around the 10th or 11th century - following the invasion of the Indians. The city was forgotten until 19th century when it was rediscovered by British surveyors - and finally in 1893 it was mapped of the area was made and further excavations probably followed. The restoration work had to be done mainly by Muslim worker since the Buddhist workers thought it would be a sin to do restoration work at an ancient Buddhist sight for money. Today you can go and visit the ancient remains - the entry is included in the Cultural Triangle pass.

This city is much smaller than the big ancient cities Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura so you can easily see it in an hour or so. But it is still well worth going there - unfortunately it is a bit difficult to get there unless you got a private transport - though it is possible to get there with a bit of help from the locals explaining how to get there.

One great thing about this old town is its remoteness - there are only very few tourist making it down here because it is a bit difficult. Hence you will have a good chance of getting the whole ruin to yourself with nobody else around.
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