A pillar within the complex testifies to the fact that the temple’s founder is King Dathusena who once ruled Anuradhapura. The script’s language dates back to the 14th century. A stone wall stands as a reminder of a fortress which may have been erected to protect the temple from external threats. A moonstone adorned with unique features including rows of elephant images and lotus petals can be seen on the left side of the complex. About six feet wide and four feet tall, this moonstone is believed to be the only one of its kind in the nation. The row of elephants carved on it also includes a man following behind. Ruins of a 30 foot tall dagoba with steps leading to it on three sides can also be seen here.
The second largest national park in Sri Lanka, the Yala National Park is located in the southeast region of the country. Famed for its biodiversity, the park serves as a sanctuary for aquatic birds and Sri Lankan elephants. Hosting a variety of ecosystems from marine and freshwater sites to monsoon rainforests, the park consists of three wildlife sanctuaries as well. Boasting one of the world’s highest leopard densities, Yala is the most visited park in the country. Also bearing great historical and cultural significance, the park is a paradise for not only bird watchers but for all wildlife buffs.
An ideal Yala Sri Lanka hotel catering to the needs of visitors to this part of the country is Chaaya Wild Yala. With a unique design which complements its enchanting natural surroundings, this Yala hotel seamlessly blends with the environs of the Yala National Park. Representing rustic 4 star luxury, the hotel also provides easy access to Sithulpawwa and Magul Maha Viharaya.