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Kurunegala -is the capital of the Wayamba Province, Sri Lanka and the Kurunegala District. Kurunegala was also an ancient royal capital for 50 years, from the end of the 13th century to the start of the 13th century. The town itself is a busy commercial and a transport hub. Kurunegala is located at the junction of several main roads linking to other important parts of the country. It is situated about 94 km from Colombo, and 42 km from Kandy.

Located at an altitude of 116 meters above sea level, Kurunegala is surrounded by coconut plantations and rubber estates. There are eight very noticeable large rocks that encircle and dominate the city. Kurunegala's rocks rise from the plain below and have characteristic names, six of which come from the animals that they are imagined to represent. The largest among them is Ethagala or the "Elephant Rock" (though the translation is actually Tusker), reaches 325 meters. The shape of Ethagala resembles an Elephant.

Kurunegala enjoys a pleasant location overlooked by huge rocky outcrops some of which have been given names of the animals they resemble: Elephant rock, Tortoise rock etc. According to folklore legend, long time back the city had experienced a severe drought. To exacerbate matters for the humans, animals had threatened the city's storage capabilities by consuming huge amounts of water. Fortunately for the humans, a witch had volunteered to alleviate the problem, transforming some of the animals magically into stone figures.

Kurunegala had a citadel in the thirteenth century. It's ascendancy as an ancient capital of Sri Lanka, began with a series of events that took place during the late 12th century at Yapahuwa. The sacred tooth relic which was in the Yapahuwa Kingdom was taken away by a warlord Arya Chackrawarthi to the Pandyan country during the rule of Buwaneka Bahu I from 1272 to 1284[1]. The tooth relic was brought back by King Parakrama Bahu III who ruled from Kurunegala between 1287 to 1293[2]. Over the next half a century Kurunegala was the capital and the governing centre for three other kings of Sri Lanka.

After the death of King Parakrama Bahu III, Kings Buvanekabahu II (1293–1302) who was followed by Parakramabahu IV (1302–1326) ruled from Kurunegala. The ruler in Kurunegala from 1326 to 1335 was Buwaneka Bahu III alias Wanni Buwaneka Bahu. He was the son of Pandith Parakrama Bahu II and is believed to be the last king to rule the country from Kurunegala.

After the reign of Buwaneka Bahu III, the newly throned king Vijayabahu V ruled from Dambadeniya and Yapahuwa from 1335 to 1341 before once again the kingdom of Sri Lanka shifted to Gampola.

Few remains of the Palace of the Tooth relic that housed the tooth of the Buddha have avoided natural destruction, including few stone steps and a part of a doorway.

Recommended review time for sightseeing: 1 h

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Tourist reviews about Kurunegala

Popular place for wedding pictures
eleblue [TA], , Berlin, Germany

When we were there there were several wedding couples taking pictures. Great for us foreigners to watch them pose. Monkeys were also jumping around and it's a great view of Kurunegala from up there.

Prem K [TA], , Blackpool, United Kingdom

In the vicinity of Kurunegala, small town of Rideegama got the blessing of Lord Buddha to have worlds largest Samadhi Buddha statue. Now on the final stages, really it's massive. India's most famous sculpture S.M. Ganapathi Stapathi created this statue with utmost expertise. He is the one created worlds tallest Monolith of Gauthama Buddha staue in Hyderabad in India (58 feet). Once this statue open for public view, the authorities must provide proper facilities for not only the pilgrims but also the tourists who come to see this wonder.

Amazing creation!
Pamila75 [TA], , Kurunegala, Sri Lanka

Located off Kurunegala city. The statue is carved from a natural granite rock located among short hills. The road is quite easy. The quality of art work is satisfactory. the only negative point is frequent disturbance due to collection of donations. Minimum basic facilities in the vicinity.

Emma M [TA], ,

This is a beautiful statue. Awesome view of the town. Lots of wildlife - monkeys and insects. Unbelievable how big this is.

gsrs [TA], , usa

This is impressive. A short visit is all that is required to keep this image in your mind for a long time.

World's tallest granite Samadhi Buddha statue in Kurunegala
nuwan4u [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

A granite rock is being transformed to The World's Tallest Buddha Statue. This is situated in Rideegama, 23kms from Kurunegala town.

Final stage of completion
Himantha [TA], , Colombo, Sri Lanka

It is in the final stage of completion.The World's Tallest Buddha Statue by skilful stone masons from India.

World's tallest granite Buddha statue in Kurunegala
Wasantha... [TA], , Glen Waverley, Australia

A granite rock situated in Rideegama, 23kms from Kurunegala town is being transformed to
The World's Tallest Buddha Statue by skilful stone masons from India. Myth was that ancient stone masons used herbal mixtures to soften the granite, but nothing of a kind and you can see with your own eyes how skilfully they drill, blast and chipping the shapes. Man made granite pond in front of the statue is 7.0 meters deep. The time and money spending on this project is immense but for generations and generations would appreciate this creation like we the current generation value and regard the Awukana Buddha Statue in Kantale, Sri Lanka. This is a must see attraction when you visit Sri Lanka since it's completion is getting closer. The access is easy gradual climb on the granite and half made steps in the making.

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