A small, laid-back village, Habarana sits on an important route that connects the cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. It is a major transport junction, with roads leading north towards Trincomalee and Jaffna as well as south towards Kandy and Colombo. It does not boasts of many attractions. However, it is convenient base to explore the Cultural Triangle as it offers easy access to almost all important sights, such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Dambulla. A safari to Minneriya or Kaudulla national parks, or Hurulu Eco Park to observe elephants and other wildlife can also be easily arranged from Habarana. There is a decent choice of relatively upmarket accommodation for tourists.
This village is home to the Habarana Lake, around which tour operators organize elephant rides. The footpath around the placid lake is great for a leisurely evening stroll. For those looking to relax after day of sightseeing, there are number of establishments in around the village that offer personalized Ayurvedic treatments. more