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Kataragama Temple, Kataragama
(4.2/5 based on 180+ 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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  • Loved the Buddhist and Hindu ceremonies in the evening. Don't miss if you want to discover the real original Sri Lanka. 
  • It's one of the Other  famous Buddhist temple in Srilanka. It is located just next to river Menik ganga. One of the very famous religious place in Sri Lanka. This includes a Buddhist Temple, dewalaya,...  more »
  • Amazing experience of local religious ceremonies. . Not touched by tourists so can see real local sacred traditions. Traditional puja ceremony is so colorful. .full of drums bells and trays of fruit! ...  more »