Attractions

Buddhist Site in Vavuniya

Madukanda Vihara

The quietly charming Madukanda Vihara is a Rs 250 three-wheeler ride from central Vavuniya, beyond the 3km post southeast on the A29. It was reputedly the fourth resting point in the journey of the sacred Buddha too…
Hindu Site in Vavuniya

Kandasamy Kovil

This photogenic Murugan (Skanda) temple has a very ornate, if faded, gopuram (gateway tower) and a gold-clad image in its sanctum. Walk back through the surrounding buildings to appreciate it, as it's somewhat obscu…
Museum in Vavuniya

Archaeological Museum

This museum is unlikely to impress if you’re arriving from the ancient cities, but some of the pinched-faced terracotta figures from Kilinochchi (4th to 5th century) are delightfully primitive, while the central hex…
Mosque in Vavuniya

Grand Jummah Mosque

A grand mosque awash in aqua tiling, with shiny gold onion domes. It's at the centre of the market area.
Hindu Site in Vavuniya

Kudiyiruppu Pillaiyar Kovil

A shambolic temple. The view of the lake is the one reason to bother.
Landmark in Vavuniya

Clock Tower

Right in the centre of town. Has a flashy digital display.
Church in Vavuniya

St Anthony's Church

A simple church, not far from the lake.