The ancient city of Kurunegala, known as Hasthishailya-Pura (City of Elephant Rock) in Sanskrit, wasn't attacked by ferocious invaders but by mosquitoes, making it an alarming malaria-infested area for years and discouraging travelers from visiting it. Today however, Kurunugela is a thriving regional center for having the best coconut plantation in Sri Lanka, even being named as Coconut Triangle.
Although Kurunegala is not an impressive destination, visitors who drop by make it a point to visit the famous Seven Rocks, a unique geological feature surrounded by several rock outcrops that look like an elephant, tortoise, eel, goat, ladybird, and monkey. Its sheer beauty and grandeur are mesmerizing. A good number of temples (Sri Dalada Maligawa, Yapavuwa and Dambadeniya) dot its landscape, offering other sites for tourists to visit.
Also in the town is the man-made Kurunegala Lake constructed by ancient kings which still serves its purpose as a reservoir for Kurunegala's inhabitants. Positioned near the lake is the imposing Kurunegala Clock Tower which commemorates the fallen officers and soldiers of the two World Wars.
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