4 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

4 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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4 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Male
Fly:  7​h 15​min
Polonnaruwa
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
+3
train + taxi + Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
Male

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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 20th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, then pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, and finally admire the striking features of Polonnaruwa.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip generator.

Male, Maldives to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa

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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 21st (Tue): explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura tour planner.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. On the 22nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Sri Maha Boodhi Temple

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Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Tissa Wewa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama by combination of train and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or drive. March in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Kataragama Temple
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Safaris
Kataragama Temple

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