Medawachchiya, Anuradhapura

Medawachchiya is a tranquil town located in the Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka's North Central Province. Positioned about 27 kilometres from Anuradhapura and approximately 229 kilometres from Colombo, it is a key junction for travellers heading towards the Northern and Eastern parts of the country. The town is strategically located on the A9 highway (Kandy-Jaffna road) and serves as a junction for the A14 road to Mannar and Talaimannar. This advantageous positioning makes Medawachchiya an important hub for both transportation and logistics.

Medawachchiya offers a peaceful and supportive community environment. The town's economy is predominantly driven by agriculture, with paddy and vegetable cultivation being significant contributors. Additionally, the area has a rich cultural heritage, highlighted by its proximity to ancient sites and religious landmarks such as the Mihintale, where Buddhism was first introduced to Sri Lanka.

Medawachchiya is also known for its natural beauty, being close to the Wilpattu National Park, one of Sri Lanka's largest and most biodiverse wildlife reserves. This proximity to nature, combined with its historical significance, makes Medawachchiya a unique and appealing place to live. Residents enjoy a close-knit community with access to essential services such as local markets, schools, and healthcare facilities, ensuring a comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle.
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City Insights

tick iconMedawachchiya Railway Station provides train services to Colombo and other towns along the Northern Line.
tick iconSituated in a dry zone area, characterised by scrub forests and agricultural lands.
tick iconTourism is also a growing sector, with visitors attracted to the nearby Wilpattu National Park.
tick iconA blend of traditional Sinhalese culture and modern influences, reflected in local festivals and community activities.
tick iconA blend of traditional Sinhalese culture and modern influences, reflected in local festivals and community activities.
tick iconRich in cultural and historical heritage, with proximity to significant landmarks like Mihintale.

Known Landmarks

  • Medawachchiya Clock Tower

  • Rajya Osusala Medawachchiya

  • Silumina Mega Medawachchiya

  • St Joseph's Church Medawachchiya

  • Medawachchiya Bus Stand

  • Medawachchiya Base Hospital


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Bus Routes

15Colombo - Medawachchiya
85/12Medawachchiya - Anuradhapura
87Colombo - Medawachchiya - Jaffna
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Nearest Train Stations

0kmMedawachchiya Railway Station

New Developments

tick iconCurrently, there are no new developments reported in this area.

What’s great here?

tick iconStrategic location on the A9 highway and junction for the A14 road.
tick iconProximity to cultural heritage sites and natural attractions like Wilpattu National Park.
tick iconPeaceful and laid-back atmosphere, ideal for a relaxed lifestyle.
tick iconGenerally considered a safe area with a low crime rate.
tick iconUnique dry zone landscape with scrub forests and diverse wildlife

What needs attention?

tick iconRoad conditions may not be well-maintained in some areas.
tick iconLack of modern amenities and infrastructure.
tick iconStreet lighting could be improved in certain areas.
tick iconConservation efforts are needed to protect the unique dry zone ecosystem.

Neighbourhood Rating


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Connectivity & Commute3.5 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities3.5 out of 5
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Safety & Security4 out of 5
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Environment4 out of 5

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