Located in the southern-eastern region of Sri Lanka, Sithulpawwa tops the list of tourist attractions in Hambantota. The temple is situated 18 KM away from Katharagama, another popular tourist destination. The temple was built by King Kavantissa during the 2nd century BC.
Name of the temple
The name of the temple, Sithulpawwa or Chiththala Pabbatha, translates to ‘the hill of the quiet mind’.
What can you see at the temple?
Apart from being one of the most venerated religious sites in the country, the temple holds great historical significance. The temple is also an educational centre for Buddhist monks. The temple premises hold a range of historic items, including stone relics of Bodhisattva images and Buddha images. Inside the premises is a cave with a great number of paintings that are nearly 2,000 years old.
When visiting any religious site in Sri Lanka, tourists are advised to follow a modest dress code. Female tourists are expected to wear clothing that covers their upper arms and legs.
Other attractions in the area
The temple is located an hour from Yala National Park. Most tourists who stay at a Yala hotel – a place like Cinnamon Wild Yala – take the opportunity to visit the temple after a safari tour at the park.