2 days in Colombo & Anuradhapura Itinerary

2 days in Colombo & Anuradhapura Itinerary

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2 days in Colombo & Anuradhapura Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Colombo

1
day
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the world behind art at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo travel route planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation ©

1
night
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 9th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, and then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip planner .

You can drive from Colombo to Anuradhapura in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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