7 days in Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela & Polonnaruwa Itinerary

7 days in Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela & Polonnaruwa Itinerary

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7 days in Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela & Polonnaruwa Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
1
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Bandarawela
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h
3
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  2 h 15 min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Nuwara Eliya is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya holiday builder tool.

Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Bandarawela.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

1
night
Bandarawela

Bandarawela ©
Bandarawela is the second largest town in the Badulla District which is 30km away from Badulla. On the 15th (Wed), relax in the rural setting at Amba Estate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Nazareth Chapel of the Good Shepherd Convent, and then pause for some photo ops at Dhowa Rock Temple.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bandarawela trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Bandarawela by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April in Bandarawela, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Bandarawela

Historic Sites
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Amba Estate ©
Amba Estate

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

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 16th (Thu): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally contemplate the long history of Dalada Maluwa.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa travel route builder app.

You can drive from Bandarawela to Polonnaruwa in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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