The cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka! Mihintale Temple is rather a temple complex of ruins and shrines scattered over a fairly large mountain area connected by some 1840 steps that ultimately lead to the top. Mihintale is a scenic mountain summit near Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka. It is believed to be the place where Buddhism in the country was originated. Currently, a widely-visited pilgrimage site by both foreigns and devout pilgrims, Mihintale has a sequence of religious monuments, stupas, caves, and numerous abandoned structures strung out across wooded hills to show you around. No matter what your faith is, taking a visit up here shall be a worthwhile addition to your Anuradhapura itinerary.