8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Boston
Fly:  31​h
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Fly:  30​h
Boston

1
day
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 6th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then admire the striking features of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa.

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Boston, USA to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 31-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Polonnaruwa is 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

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Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins
Polonnaruwa

2
days
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.
On the 7th (Mon), Head underground at The Golden Temple, examine the collection at Pethikada, and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

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You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

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The Golden Temple, Minneriya National Park
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The Golden Temple
Sigiriya World Heritage Site
Minneriya National Park

2
days
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 9th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa, then make a trip to Mihintale, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wilpattu National Park.

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You can drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba
Mihintale

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