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Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa on same day?

Sydney, Australia
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Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa on same day?

Hi - changed my itinerary yet again. Based on the latest, can anyone advise if it is possible to do both Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa in one day if you have a car/driver/guide?

I know Anuradhapura takes half a day. If you take into account lunch, drive time to Polonnaruwa and time to visit the site, is it do-able?

We are also staying that night in the Kandalama lake area, so will it be be ok to drive (i.e. safe) back in the evening from Polonnaruwa to Kandalama?

Thanks so much.

Fredericia, Denmark
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1. Re: Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa on same day?

The driving time from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa is approx. 2.5 hours and you will need 2-3 hours to experience Polonnaruwa ancient city.

Too many ruins ruins in one day for my taste.

After dark elephants may be crossing the roads, so not all drivers will be happy to to the drive after dark.


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2. Re: Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa on same day?

Anuradhapura/Polonnaruwa and back to Kandalama on same day is technically possible, but not that practical if you wish to see many places. Also you will be paying 50$ per head for both places (25$ each), and I feel it's not worth while if you do not have enough time to see the ruins and temples.

An alternative would be, to stay overnight in Polonnaruwa or skip one of the places (Polonnaruwa has less ruins than Anuradhapura, maybe you can skip it) and head direct to Kandalama if you are out of time.



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