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 20th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, and then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online trip itinerary builder .

If you are flying in from Vietnam, the closest major airport is Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): admire the striking features of Polonnaruwa, steep yourself in history at Hetadage, then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then don't miss a visit to Thuparama, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car 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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