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Kurunegala is a city in the Wayamba Province of Sri Lanka.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

From Colombo prices (Rs.) 1st class 300.00, 2nd class 160.00, 3rd class 85.00. Daily between 1:50AM to 5:36PM, twelve times, one and half hours. To Anuradhapura prices (Rs.) 1st class 320.00, 2nd class 170.00, 3rd class 95.00. Daily between 11:59AM to 10:26PM, six times, two or two and half hours.

  • 1 Kurunegala railway station. Kurunegala railway station (Q55616295) on Wikidata Kurunegala railway station on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

Map of Kurunegala

The local three-wheelers (tuk-tuk) are an amazingly cheap and exciting way of seeing the city, and they run well into the night. Negotiate the fee with the driver before you hop in as they do not have meters. A general rule of thumb is US$1 per kilometre. Walking is also recommended as the centre is not that large.


  • Algama Kanda Ancient Cave Temple (අල්ගම කන්ද පුරාණ ලෙන් විහාරය), Kande Temple Rd (25 km SW of Kurunegala in the village of Algama).
  • 1 Bathalagoda Tank (Bathalagoda Wewa), Ibbagamuwa Central College (13 km east of Kurunegala, at a serene and tranquil site in the village known as Batalagoda). built in pre Christian times for the water supply of an ancient city which for many centuries has been merely referred to as ‘Parana Nuwara’ since its original name was never known.
  • Central Market (At the centre).
  • Elephant Rock (Etha-gala). Isolated beach that can be reached in about 15 minutes through tuk-tuks.
  • 2 Ibbagala Raja Maha Viharaya (ඉබ්බාගල රජමහා විහාරය) (Ibba-gala (Tortoise Rock), halfway on to the Buddha statue on the top of Ethagala Rock (Eastern part of the Town). Ibbagala Raja Maha Vihara (Q28055651) on Wikidata Ibbagala Raja Maha Vihara on Wikipedia
  • Kurunegala clock tower (At the centre of the city.). Built in 1922.
  • The Kurunegala Lake (outskirts of the town near to the Kurunegala-Dambulla road.). A large man-made water reservoir constructed by ancient kings. It is also used as a water supply source to the city
  • The Kurunegala Jumma Masjid.
  • Ras Vehera (Sesuruwa) Temple and Buddha Statue (රැස්වෙහෙර සස්සේරුව විහාර සංකීර්ණය), Reswehera Rd (on the Madagalla Road 65 km, North).



  • Laksal - Janakala kendraya, Kandy Rd
  • Seylin Handlooms - Colombo Rd, Vanduragala, Kurunegala




Go next[edit]

  • Kandy is 42 km from Kurunegala. The journey takes about 40 minutes by car along the Kurunegala-Kandy highway. Public/private buses to Kandy operate from the Kurunegala Central Bus Stand located in the middle of the city.
  • Dambulla is reachable within an hour by car from Kurunegala, 52km away. Public and private buses also ply this route.
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