Yatagala Rajamaha Viharaya, one of the oldest rock temples in Sri Lanka can be reached 75minutes drive from the hotel. The rock temple was believed to have been built about 2300 years ago. The temple of which the walls are adorned with murals houses a 9 meter long reclining Buddha statue and a wonderful meditation cave. It’s located in top of the 120 steps, surrounded a beautiful valley of rice paddies and jungle hills.
Most Sacred places in Sri Lanka
There are many ancient and wonderful temples here on this blessed island. Visitors should dress in decent clothes that cover shoulders and legs as well as should remove their shoes and hats before entering the temples. On a poya day (full moon) visitors can join the locals in their puja (pilgrim activities), offerings of fresh flower blooms and incense, in the late afternoon.
Thirty minutes away from the hotel can be reached Weherahena. This temple is the most popular among Buddhists as well as non Buddhists live in the world pay homage as the largest and the first tunnel temple in the world. The colossal Buddha statue is a wonderful master piece the hight of the statue is 88 cubits (39m). Although there is nothing of historical significance, the story of the temple is quite interesting. Weherahena is a popular temple among the buddhist pilgrims. Although there is nothing of historical significance, the story of the temple is quite interesting. In addition, the temple is said be the largest and the first tunnel temple in the world.
Even though it is said this temple was adobe to Arhath Bikkus in the ancient Sri Lanka, the story of the temple starts during the early part of the 20th century. The Most Rev. Parawahera Rewatha Thero was sent to Weherahena area in the early part of centaury as a punishment by his teacher. Weherahena was just a mound of 1/2 acre of think Jungle with only a Bodhi Tree. It is said that Ven. Revatha Thero came only with a blanket, mattress and the bowl. He managed to get the villagers organized and built a small clay house for himself, but soon came with a grand idea of building the largest Buddha statue and the tunnel temple in the world.
A famous temple five minutes away from the hotel, This temple is built on a beautiful hill with a large building complex in an extent of Eight acres land, This sacred place which is in a beautiful environment is a historical temple that contributes social, Religious and educational service. The old image house that belongs to Kandyan period, a unique large temple, 100 cubits (45m) tall Buddha Statue, large clock built by a Sinhalese, The basement temple that depicts Hell, Two storied library which is an art gallery and many other large wooden buildings are main features in this old temple. This is a world famous art gallery that has stored the skills of the Sri Lanka.
Situated 45 minutes away from the hotel, Mulkirigala (Mulgirigala) is a monastic site on an isolated 210m high rock that rises almost vertically out of the surrounding forest. The monastery has a great historical significance dating back to 2nd century B.C. consists of a series of rock temples carved out of the face of a huge rock in different levels with a large terrace. The Mulkirigala caves have a mixture of religious and secular (non-religious) paintings and sculptures with several reclining Buddhas, including 15 metre long buddha sculpture in the state of Parinirvana. Mulkirigala Rajamaha Viharaya contains many beautiful wall paintings in each caves based on Jataka stories and to reach the top of the hill, where the stupa is situated, you have to climb 533 steps. Hence this is called as the "Small Sigiriya".
Located in Yala National Park and two hours away from the hotel, Sithulpawwa rock temple is historically significant and identified as one of the greatest 2nd century sites of Buddhist scholarship. With a history of over 2200 years, this is an ancient place which is 400 feet (122M) in height is a cave temple. This cave temple, which is 67 feet high and 30 feet long, is part of the intricate cave-complex at Sithulpawwa. The Dagoba of Sithulpawwa can be seen on the top of the rock. The image house at Sithulpawwa still contains some fragments of paintings. In the eastern precinct of Sithulpawwa the ruins of an ancient preaching house can be seen, where a cluster of 10 feet high pillars rises from the earth. In the valley between the two rocks there is a large pond, the Kuttam Pokuna.
Two hours away from the hotel, Katharagama is one of the few places in Sri Lanka which is worshipped by most of the popular religious. This is a multi-religious pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and indigenous. The history of the shrine dates back to 2 century BC with Buddhist culture. Katragama Esala Maha Perahera is one of the main events of the Kataragama season. This ritualistic possession is held on the Esala Full moon Poya Day which falls on July – August. This is Perahera is unique in the way it is held and the possession itself. One interesting fact is that the Perahera festival officially begins by the flag hoisting ceremony at the Islamic mosque in Katharagama.