Kurunegala

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Kurunegala is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of the North Western Province and the Kurunegala District. Kurunegala was an ancient royal capital for 50 years, from the end of the 13th century to the start of the 14th century.

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Best Accomodations in Kurunegala

Umandawa Jeewaka Asapuwa

Kurunegala, North Western Province, Sri Lanka

Umandawa Jeewaka Asapuwa in Malsiripura, Kurunegala

Things to do in Kurunegala

Samadhi Meditation Buddha – Meditate

This is one of the unmistakable beauties of Kurunegala. The huge statue of Buddha is situated on the entrance to the city and is bound to mesmerize you with its grandeur. The statue does not only possess great artistic value, but it also offers a grand view of the townscape. If you are an animal enthusiast then the good news is you will find monkeys here. You can reach the way to the top by walking. However, it would be a tough trek and you might consider hiring a driver to take you to the top to enjoy the breathtaking view. At the top, you will find souvenirs to buy and you can also donate if you feel like it. It is very likely that this temple on a hilltop turns out to be your highlight of the tour to Kurunegala.

Kurunegala Lake – Sunset Point

Kurunegala Lake is also known as Rantalia Lake or Kurunegala tank. It a marvelous water body, which is situated away from the city traffic and on the edge of the main town. Sitting near the lake of walking around it and enjoying the view is, of course, free of cost. Enjoying your time with the lake, you can head to a restaurant or bar to enjoy the sunset. It should also be kept in mind that the locals of Kurunegala love to hold their marriage ceremonies at this place because of the picturesque view it offers.

Padeniya Raja Maha Vihara

The mentioned name is a Kandyan styles temple, which is worth a visit if you are passing by it. The temple is located about 25 km Northwest of Kurunegala and 85 km South of Anuradhapura, where the Anuradhapura and Puttalam roads have met. The temple is pretty and it is a medieval kind of a temple that has carved pillars, which are 28 in numbers. The temple further has an elaborate and stunning door, which is said to be the largest door of Sri Lanka. The door leads to the main temple. Apart from these, there is a house and a library of clay-image along with a preaching hall that has an unusually carved pulpit made of wood.

Yapahuwa

There is a huge lion staircase which leads to the temple of Buddha with a sacred tooth relic. These stairs are half-way up to the hillside and they are considered to be a masterpiece of the citadel of Yapahuwa but unfortunately, now they are in ruins. The granite rock which emerges from thick vegetation against which the fortress of Bhuvanekabahu I has been built was earlier a lower town and a palace.

Best time to Visit Kurunegala

Kurunegala Weather in March-December: An excellent season to visit Kurunegala, the average temperature falls around 80℉. The weather is great for outdoors, the air being moderately humid. This is most likely one of the best times to visit Kurunegala and also a tourist high season.

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