Travel Guide to Kurunegala

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Kurunegala Overview

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About Kurunegala

Once an ancient royal capital today Kurunegala is considered as one of the major cities in Sri Lanka. It's surrounded by vast coconut plantations and neatly placed rubber estates. As you explore the district you will find that it hold temples, monuments and monasteries that were once brimming with activity during the ancient days. According to local folklore Kurunegala was also once home to the four ancient kingdoms such as Panduwasnuwara, Kurunegala, Yapauwa and Dambadeniya. The great kings whom we learn about in our history classes at school once ruled this majestic land. Hence if you are a history buff then Kurunegala is worth the trip. You'll find that the city is situated close to other major tourist attractions such as Anuradhapura making the trip worthwhile!


Getting into Kurunegala

Kurunegala is situated about 104 km away from Colombo and easily accessible by train, bus, or a private hire. You can board a bus to Kurunegala at the Pettah Bus stand, near Colombo fort station. There are also trains to Kurunegala. Check for the times and the schedule.

If you are going to Kurunegala directly from the airport then it's easier to hire a taxi from the airport itself. Check for more information on rates.


Getting around Kurunegala

Most Sri Lankans travel around cities and towns by tuk tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.


Where to go and things to do in Kurunegala

There are many historical and religious sites to see in Kurunegala . Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Kurunegala.