Anuradhapura: the First Kingdom of Lanka
“For over a thousand years, the kings of Lanka ruled from one great city in the vast plains and jungles north of the mountains. Anuradhapura establishes itself in the 4th century BC, as the Hellenistic Age begins in the Mediterranean, Alexander the Great conquers the Persian Empire, and Aristotle proposes the division of the sciences.”
The Ruwanwelisaya at dawn, as seen from across the Basawakkulama Reservoir. Built in 400 BC by King Pandukabhaya, the Basawakkulama is thought to be Sri Lanka’s oldest reservoir. The Ruwanwelisaya is relatively newer, built in 140 BC by King Dutugemunu. Shot on assignment for Serendib, the inflight magazine of SriLankan Airlines. My story on Anuradhapura, The First Kingdom of Lanka, appears in the February 2017 issue. Pick up a copy if you’re flying this month, or check out the online version at the link posted above.