At the centre of the ancient royal seat of the Sinhalese kings in Anuradhapura grows the oldest authenticated historical tree in the world, the enormous Sri Maha Bodhi, rooted from a cutting of the sacred bodhi tree under which Buddha first attained enlightenment. The cutting was first brought from Bodhgaya in India by the Princess Sangamitta, the sister of Mahinda who first introduced the Buddhism to Sri Lanka and thus its roots are at the very roots of the Sinhalese Kingdom. It is over 2000 years old and you will see brethren Bodhi trees grown from it throughout Anuradhapura, all radiating out form the oldest and holiest on the highest platform at the centre of the original Great Temple of Maha Vihara. You can walk to all the cities great monuments form here and with Bodhi trees plentiful along the way you’ll be reminded of what and who started it all. The Sri maha Bodhi is special tree in a special place and a fine point of entry to explore Sri Lanka’s fascinating history and culture.