15 days in Colombo & Anuradhapura Itinerary

15 days in Colombo & Anuradhapura Itinerary

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15 days in Colombo & Anuradhapura Itinerary

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

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and St. Mary's Church. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kande Viharaya. Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (Negombo Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Kalutara Bodhiya (in Kalutara). Spend the 7th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony s Church Kochikade Colombo, stroll through Galle Face Green, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Colombo tour planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara Bodhiya, Kande Viharaya Temple
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Mihintale. Visit Ritigala Forest Monastery and Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anuradhapura: Medirigiriya Vatadage (in Polonnaruwa), Habarana (Dambulla Cave Temple, Minneriya National Park, & more) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Sigiriya). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba, head outdoors with Eth Pokuna, make a trip to Isinbassagala, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura 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 Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Habarana, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Medirigiriya Vatadage
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
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