Distance from Anuradhapura – 18.4 km (32 minutes)
Maha Stupa is a large Buddhist temple which is situated in Mihintale. It is also known as “Maha Seya”. The stupa which is situated on the summit of the hill, is said to have been built by King Mahadathika Mahanaga during his reign from 7-19 AD. Maha Stupa stands at a height of 13 m with a base diameter of 41 m. Approximately 110 steps cut into the rock of the hill leads to Maha Stupa which is known to be the largest stupa on the summit of Mihintale. The stupa is visible to pilgrims from a fair distance. It has been completely restored after being in a deteriorated state.
Getting to Maha Stupa
From Anuradhapura travel along the Puttalam – Anuradhapura – Trincomalee Highway and the Kandy – Jaffna Highway up to Mihintale to reach the Maha Stupa which is situated along Old Road in Mihintale.