A 12 KM east of Anuradhapura is Mihintale ,a significantly important place for sri lankans,Mihintale is where Buddhism was first inctrouced to the country (Sri lanka) in 247 BC.This happened when King Devanampiyatissa was ruling the Anuradhapura Kingdom. Mihintale remains as a important pilgrimage site , specially in poson Poya days (Falls in June).During these days thousands of white dressed pilgrims visit mihintale rock.
The ruins and dagobas at Mihintale are relatively ordinary compared to those at Anuradhapura, but the setting with rocky hills linked by beautiful flights of stone steps shaded by frangipani trees , is gorgeous. In Mihintale there are 1850 steps, and if you want to see all the sights you’ll have to climb almost every single one of them .
Advice : It’s a good idea to visit in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid having to tackle the steps in the heat of the day.