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Kataragama Temple, Kataragama

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Religious Site
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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  • The Katharagama temple and dewale are two must visit places in this ancient city. It is advisable that you read up the interesting history of t his area to make the most of your visit.  more »
  • The temple is crowded and busy. Come in morning for easiest access, and find a place to meditate after darshan. You'll get a full tray of prasad back from the temple, so take time to enjoy.  more »
  • This is a massive site which takes in one of the major temples in Sri Lanka. The temple itself is stunning and very impressive with a number of minor temples on the site. The approach is along a very ...  more »