Travel Guide to Monaragala

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Monaragala Overview

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About Monaragala

Nestled beneath the shadow of a rock, known as the Peacock Rock, is the quiet little town of Monaragala. In comparison to most touristy spots Monaragala has a much more laid back and easy going lifestyle. As you step into the town you will definitely feel time slow down almost as if it's defying the rat race of the world. This explains Monaragala's popularity as a meditation spot. Cut off from the rest of the world it provides the necessary recluse for the meditating spirit. Monaragala is blessed with rubber, sugar cane, cocoa plantations, paddy fields and not to mention a variety of wildlife. It has become a popular pit stop for those visiting the eastern side of Sri Lanka.


Getting into Monaragala

Since Monaragala is a junction town between the east, south and the hills it's on the way of many bus routes. Hence the easiest way to get to Monaragala is either by bus or private hire. You can board the bus at the Colombo Pettah Bus stand which is near the Colombo Railway station. 

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


Getting around Monaragala

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 Monaragala

Although Monaragala is a quiet town it does have its fair share of attractions to see. A recommended attraction is the ancient temple of Maligavila which has two standing Buddhas. You can also visit the colourful Ganesh Temple. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Monaragala.