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Kataragama Kirinda

Kirinda is a village in Sri Lanka. It is located within Central Province. Kirinda, known as the town of wildlife, is a small port located on the south coast of Sri Lanka about 270 km from the city of Colombo and about 10km radius from the south of the ancient old religious city, Tissamaharama.

The princess, named Queen Vihara Maha Devi, for her bravery, bore the king two sons who were to become heroes. The elder son King Dutugemunu (161 - 137BC) of Ruhuna became the greatest hero of Lanka by rescuing the nation from the marauding Dravidian invaders from south India. Viharamaha Devi herself is recognized as the heroine of our motherland.

Bundala National Park

Bundala National Park is an internationally important wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala harbors 197 species of Birds, the highlight being the Greater Flamingo, which migrate in large flocks. Bundala National Park is located 251 km southeast of Colombo, close to the City of Hambantota in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka.

During September and March, hoards of migrants arrive in Bundala; among them are Marsh and Curlew Sandpiper, Curlew and Greenshank Golden and Kentish Plover, Large and Lesser Sandplovers. While the Broad-billed Sandpipper and Red-necked Phalarope are the rare visitors, the most famous migratory bird is greater flamingo. Hoards of flamingoes are one of the most common sights. In this period over 10,000 shore birds might be feeding at any one day.

The lagoons at the park attract a great variety of aquatic birds: among them are ibis, pelicans, painted storks, Black-necked Stork, terns, gulls, sand-pipers, snipes, teals, egrets and spoonbills. Endemic birds include the Brown-capped Babbler, Ceylon Woodshrike and Ceylon Junglefowl.

Wadasiti Kanda (Wada Siti Kanda)

A holistic place where the god Katharagama lived some years ago lose to Thissamaharama. Many devotees visit this place specially for blessings and some for pleasure as it is situated in a top of a high mountain.


Sithul pawwa rock temple is historically significant and identified as one of the greatest 2nd century sites of Buddhist scholarship.

Surrounded by thick, overgrown trees, the first to come into view was Kuda Sithulapawwa, the smaller of the two dagabas. This is situated much higher than the Maha Sithulapawwa or the larger dagaba, which we saw as we drove closer to the rock complex.

Beginning our ascent, we first made our way towards Maha Sithulpawwa, which is 400ft in height. Reaching the sacred area, where the magnificent dagaba stands, we walked on the rock surface carrying our slippers in our hands, the soles of our feet feeling the day s heat that had truly taken its toll on the rock.

Kataragama Dewalaya

One of Sri Lanka’s holy places where Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims visit on religious pilgrimage. It is a large Complex with the `Mahadewala’ – Main Hindu shrine being the most important place. This Shrine of God Skanda, the Hindu war God who is worshiped as the Kataragama Deviyo is venerated by pilgrims of all three religions.

Kiri Vehera

Legend says that the sword that prince Siddhattha cut his hair off at the time of his renunciation is deposited in this stupa. According to the Dhatuvamsa the Buddha stopped here briefly during his third visit to Sri Lanka before going to Tissamaharama. The stupa was renovated in 1912 and sits on a platform 130 feet square and 10 feet high. Stupa is 95 ft. in height with a circumference of 280 ft. This structure dates back to the 3rd century BC

Yala National Park

Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. YALA is among the oldest and best known of Sri Lanka’s National Parks which comprises large number of flora and fauna in the country. It is one of Sri Lankan's premier eco tourism destinations which renowned for the variety of its Wildlife and its fine coastline.