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Kataragama Temple, Kataragama
(4.2/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
Rich in history, Kataragama Temple stands on ground that has been considered hallowed for around 2,500 years--said to have been consecrated by Gautama Buddha himself. The site ranks among the few revered by a multitude of religions, including Buddhists, Hindus, Moors, and Veddas. Tour the collection of humble stone shrines, which remain as originally constructed. Look for the shrine devoted to Skanda-Murugan, containing a drawing of the deity's capabilities, and the tree said to have grown from a sapling of the revered Anuradhapura Bo tree. Be prepared of a bit of a walk to the temples, as vehicles cannot approach beyond the gate. You'll need to take off your shoes, so bring socks to protect your feet from the hot ground. Plan to visit Kataragama Temple and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Kataragama attractions using our Kataragama vacation route planner.
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  • Extremely crowded during season time . Should be more organised. There has to be a proper system where people can peacefully move in and out of the temple. 
  • Maybe we expected more as we had heard and read so much about the Temple. After a longish walk from the parking area, we were disappointed to know that the presiding deity is always covered.. An inter...  more »
  • We read about the temple and dancing. We saw another temple. With no disrespect to any religion or temple I can't say this was special. Maybe we've seen too many.