While you explore Sri Lanka’s sun-drenched South Coast, you will come to a place where history combines with a rich cultural heritage. If you are looking for accommodation, base yourself in a luxury hotel in Sri Lanka such as the Anantara Kalutara which provides easy access to this impressive temple.
What continues to capture the attention of the traveller is undoubtedly the 160 ft tall Buddha statue that serves as a prelude to what the temple holds within. As the name suggests, the temple is perched atop a hill and can be seen from any location within the district.
There are a total of 9 devalas within the site and what is unique about such places is that here you will find a coexistence between Buddhist and Hindu cultures; the devalas are dedicated to Gods such as Kataragama, Sooniyam, Vishnu, Kaali and Ishwara.
The colourful Image House which is home to a priceless collection of murals that each relates its own tale to the inquisitive visitor.
When to visit
To truly appreciate the tranquillity and sacredness of the site, visit during a full moon or poya day when you can witness devotees offering prayers and following various observances.
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