15 days in Colombo & Anuradhapura Itinerary

15 days in Colombo & Anuradhapura Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
End: Colombo

6
nights
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kayaking & Canoeing. Get a sense of the local culture at Kande Viharaya Temple and St Anthony's Shrine. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Kalutara Bodhiya (in Kalutara) and Negombo (St. Mary's Church, Negombo Beach, &more). Spend the 7th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Colombo. In April in Colombo, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara Bodhiya, Kande Viharaya Temple
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St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Dolphin & Whale Watching

8
nights
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Golden Temple of Dambulla. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mihintale and Abhayagiri Dagaba. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anuradhapura: Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana) and Medirigiriya Vatadage (in Polonnaruwa). Spend the 15th (Mon) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, get outside with Eth Pokuna, make a trip to Isinbassagala, and take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura online trip itinerary 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Habarana, Medirigiriya Vatadage, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris

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