World Sri Lanka Northern Province Jaffna Kandarodai

Kandarodai , Jaffna

Type of Destination
Historical, Heritage,
Languages Spoken
Sinhala, Tamil and English

Best time to visit Kandarodai

Nearby railway stations

Airports near Kandarodai

Northern Province Kandarodai

About Kandarodai

Kantharodai Viharaya is a place where you can spot the famous dagobas (stupas) in a town which is famous for its Hindu architecture. Located near Chunnakam and near to the Jaffna town, you can find numerous dome shaped stone structures here, varying in their size, the largest being 12ft in diameter. At some places it is mentioned that you can find almost 60 stupas at this spot!

Nestled between the Palmyra trees, this place was first discovered by Dr. Paul E. Pieris in 1916. The history of the pagodas and the items found during the excavation adds to the mysteriousness of this place. Some people claim that this site was used as ancient burial site for around 60 senior Tamil monks, hence the 60 stupas found here.

This was the first site to be excavated by the Archaeology Department of Sri Lanka, and many treasures were found buried beneath this place. It also serves as symbol of harmony between the Buddhist and the Hindu culture in Sri Lanka since the local people believe this spot was used by Tamil monks as religious site.

The Kantharodai Viharaya is one of the few places which show that Buddhism was older than almost all other religions in this area. It deserves a visit for its deep rooted history and the mysteriousness attached to this place.

Not rated

Location & Places to Visit on Kandarodai Map

How to reach Kandarodai
travel guide
places to see

Freedom to make your own trip!

What you want, when you want and how you want.

Request a trip

Places to Visit near Kandarodai

Between 0 to 100 kms of Kandarodai
All Categories
Art & History
Total Attractions: 12
Sort by

Destinations near Kandarodai

Between 0 to 250 kms of Kandarodai
Total Destinations: 2
Sort by

Jaffna Tours & Activities

Total Activities: 0

Kandarodai travel tips & reviews

Rate this destination

Got an insider’s tip that might help a fellow traveller? Do share it.

Post a Kandarodai Tip or Review

Other travellers left Kandarodai reviews and tips for you

Be the first to give a tip or leave a comment

Get trip inspirations, offers and more.

In The News