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KATARAGAMA 222 KM (138 Miles) From Colombo.Kataragama is place of pilgrimage for a variety of religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam and is located in south-east corner of Sri Lanka. Therefore is a multi-religious sacred city.

The deity at Kataragama is indigenous and long-celebrated in Sri Lankan lore and legend, and originally resides on the top of mountain called Wædahiti Kanda just outside of the Kataragama town. Since ancient times an inseparable connection between the God and his domain has existed. At one time the local deity was identified with God Saman, a deity that was important to the Sinhalese people before their conversion to Buddhism.

Kataragama is a holy shrine and a popular pilgrim center for Buddhists and Hindus. In fact Kataragama is one of the 16 principal places of Buddhist pilgrimage. Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka and South India refer to the place as Katirkamam and it has a famous Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Katirkaman.



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Spread over a 100,000 hectares Yala National Park consists of leopards, elephants, Sloth bears, crocodiles, monitor lizards, deer, elk, wild boar, monkeys, and many other smaller creatures like porcupine, mongoose and more. There is a plethora of birds and reptiles too making this a most visited eco tourist destination.

Yala National Park is a protected wild life sanctuary located in the Southern Province’s Hambantota District. It is situated 24 kilometres North of Tissamaharama in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. Yala Park is known as Yala Ruhuna/west Park and Yala East Park. The Ruhuna/West Park consists of 125 species of birds, some migratory and 32 species of mammals with a large density of Leopards, as high as 35, though they are sometimes difficult to spot due to their nocturnal lifestyle, while the Kumana/East Yala Park consists of many water birds that roost and breed here. Yala Park consists of 5 blocks, with block 1 being the most visited section located along the sea coast, with coastal lagoons, mangroves and thorny scrub jungle and secondary vegetation scattered inland. Some sections of the park are closed to the public, and reserved as a strict natural habitat, which could be the cause of leopards being seldom seen. However, Yala Park is a hotspot for catching a glimpse of leopards in their natural setting, sleeping on a tree bough or if lucky, a leopard might even cross your path, too intense to notice visitors as its concentration is on its prey!