Visit Anuradhapura ruins from Colombo. Travel through countryside to the ancient capital and take in highlights such as the Brazen Palace, sacred Bodhi Tree, and Isurumuniya Temple. The sacred city of Anuradhapura, now in picturesque ruins, was once a major center of Sri Lankan civilization. The fascinating ancient ruins include huge bell-shaped stupas built of small sun-dried bricks, temples, sculptures, palaces, and ancient drinking-water reservoirs. Anuradhapura was first settled by Anuradha, a follower of Prince Vijaya the founder of the Sinhala race. The city also had some of the most complex irrigation systems of the ancient world. Most of the great reservoir tanks still survive today, and some many be the oldest surviving reservoirs in the world.