Kataragama Temple, Kataragama

#2 of 16 in Historic Sites in Uva Province
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. See Kataragama Temple and all Kataragama has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kataragama route planner.
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  • A temple complex that is worth your time to visit. It shows that many religions can coexist in harmony in close proximity to each other. Be careful of scammers who try to sell fruits.  more »
  • One of the greatest kings in Sri Lanka, King Dutugemunu, organized his tropps in Katharagama area for the legendary "Magampura" battle between King Dutugemunu and the rival king Elara (who invaded a.....  more »
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