3 days in Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura & Sigiriya Itinerary

3 days in Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura & Sigiriya Itinerary

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3 days in Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura & Sigiriya Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Train + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Polonnaruwa
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

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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 9th (Sat): admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa, then explore the ancient world of Hetadage, then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally don't miss a visit to Thuparama.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa day trip planner .

Colombo to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Thuparama ©
Thuparama

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, and then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): make a trip to Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya trip planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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