2 days in Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa Itinerary

2 days in Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa Itinerary

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2 days in Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa Itinerary

Start: Anuradhapura
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Anuradhapura

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day
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, and then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, explore the ancient world of Hetadage, appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then don't miss a visit to Thuparama, and finally don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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