3 days in Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa Itinerary

3 days in Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa Itinerary

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3 days in Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  3​h 45​min
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Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
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Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura road trip planning app .

Colombo to Anuradhapura is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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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 11th (Mon): admire the striking features of Polonnaruwa, contemplate the long history of Hetadage, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then make a trip to Thuparama, and finally appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel 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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