2 days in Matara & Anuradhapura Itinerary

2 days in Matara & Anuradhapura Itinerary

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2 days in Matara & Anuradhapura Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Matara
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Colombo

1
day
Matara

Matara ©
A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Medawatta Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Matara online vacation planner .

Colombo to Matara is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Matara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mirissa Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
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 8th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

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Getting from Matara to Anuradhapura by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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