Travel Guide to Vavuniya

The complete tour guide to Vavuniya, find information about the city's famous attractions, a list of things to do and much more. Book hotels at the best price and reserve your table at the top restaurants.

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About Vavuniya

The humid atmosphere and the occasional mischievous monkey found swinging from wire to wire is part of the experience of being in Vavuniya. During the war Vavuniya was as far as you would get to see the Northern Province since other towns such as Kilinochchi were labelled as ‘not safe’ to travel to.

Vavuniya till this day is known as the gateway to the Northern Province. Most of the time if you are travelling to the North you can only do so through Vavuniya. Today it's a bustling city full of life and energy, that is occasionally depleted by the beating rays of the sun. Nevertheless it’s a fascinating world that has been isolated from the rest of the world and the island for a long time.


Getting into Vavuniya

You can easily get to Vavuniya either by train, bus or a private vehicle. There are several direct trains and buses that leave for Vavuniya. Check for more information on trains. Buses leave from the Colombo Pettah Bus frequently which is close to the Colombo Fort Railway station.

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


Getting around Vavuniya

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 Vavuniya

Vavuniya is not only home to a few interesting attractions but it’s also close to places such as Mullaithivu, where the last stages of the war occurred. Although much has changed since the end of the war, there are still memories that linger down the streets and hidden jungles of the area. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Vavuniya.