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"A Quintessentially Simple Sri Lankan Town"

Vavuniya Tourism

Vavuniya is a transport hub in the Northern province of Sri Lanka. Located almost 250 km from Colombo, Vavuniya has everything that it takes to be a humble town comprising of Earthy and homely elements of Sri Lanka.

The clock tower, Kali Kovil, Kandhasamy Kovil, Madukantha Vihara, Grand Jummah Mosque, Archaeological museum and Iru Pothana ruins are the absolute must-visits. Vavuniya showcases the different aspects of day-to-day life. From the small gallis (roads), farmer’s markets, hometown restaurants and bakeries to midtown junctions – all these help tourists experience everyday life is in Vavuniya and throws light on their simplicity and elegance. 

The town is well arranged to accommodate its bustling population. Vavuniya is the 8th most populous Sri Lankan city and has beautiful greenery, warm climate and a variety of animals and birds. Vavuniya is perfect for a long drive. It brings you an exposure of urban life, and as you drive into the outskirts, it broadens to a landscape covering trees, streams and farmlands. Amongst all this, the two crucial attractions are the Buddhist rocks and ruins and the Willpattu national park. Vavuniya is of great historical significance, and the rocks permit for a lovely trekking experience alongside the Mahakachchakodiya and Erupothana Reservoir. The Wilpattu National park is an hour’s drive from Vavuniya. The lakes, leopard families and jeep safaris make for a memorable time here! Vavuniya is a gateway of travel to the Northern cities of Sri Lanka.

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Transport In Vavuniya

Vavuniya is a 4-hour drive from Colombo via the A8 Kandy highway. There is a railway station on the Northern Line that connects Kankesanthurai through to Colombo. Vavuniya airport, which is an air force base, also has a domestic airport. Hence air travel, railways and motorways are the convenient forms of transport. Within the town, tuk-tuks are the most preferred ways to travel.

Restaurants and Local Food in Vavuniya

Vavuniya has decadent food joints to its name. The restaurants have been established ages ago and continue to live to their reputation even today. Hence there is no way that their local food disappoints. Ridmani Bakers and their cookies chicken and fish, rolls filled with veggies are delicious! Yasotha Hotel was established in 1994. Their ambience, décor, stunning fleet of Roll Royce cars outside and culinary varieties never ceases to amaze! Royal Garden and Lotus Restaurant too are among its list of gastronomy delights.

Fauna at Vavuniya

The town of Vavuniya has birds that are familiar to the area. However, the nearby Wilpattu National park has a variety of animals and offers jeep safaris from 6 AM – 10 AM; 2 PM – 6 PM and 6 AM – 6 PM. They include accommodation, food, camping and trekking within the premises of the park. Species of leopards, sloth bears, elephants and many species of rare birds can be spotted here.

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What is the best time to visit Vavuniya?

December to April is the time to be in Vavuniya. The wet season in Vavuniya is cloudy and the dry season is windy. All in all, the weather Gods are in good temperament all year long as they take control of Vavuniya. Precipitation occurs during October – November. The best time for hot-weather activities and adventures is Late December and early March. The temperature varies between 22°C and 33 °C.
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What are the places near Vavuniya?

The top places near to Vavuniya are Anuradhapura which is 50 km from Vavuniya, Sigiriya which is located 93 km from Vavuniya, Kandy which is located 163 km from Vavuniya, Galle which is located 301 km from Vavuniya, Colombo which is located 215 km from Vavuniya

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