Distance from Anuradhapura – 17.6 km (26 minutes)
The Hospital Ruins are located at the foot of the hills in Mihintale, Anuradhapura. It consists of a medical bath which used to be a common way of treating various illnesses in ancient Sri Lanka. Patients are immersed in herbal and medicinal oil placed on a stone canoe. This hospital complex is perhaps considered to be the oldest hospital in the world. The entrance to the hospital consists of separate rooms for consultation, preparation and storage of medicines, and hot water baths.
Getting to the Hospital Ruins
From Anuradhapura travel approximately 17.6 km along the Puttalam – Anuradhapura – Trincomalee Highway up to Mihintale to reach the Hospital Ruins in Mihintale.