Being one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka, Kataragama draws thousands of pilgrims from all over the country for its renowned Kataragama festival. Apart from being a revered locality, it also offers a multitude of places to visit for the passionate traveler.
Visit Ranminithenna Tele-Cinema Village
Being a shooting location for movies and commercials, Ranminithenna Tele-Cinema Village is a popular pre-shoot destination as well. If you are staying at any of the Kataragama hotels, definitely make sure you visit this place. A traveller can visit the settings of a colonial Bombay town, constructed for the famous film, ‘Bombay Velvet.’ Since they open by 8 O’clock, it is sensible to visit early to avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
Take Refreshing Walks
Tissa Lake, an artificial reservoir located quite close to hotels such as Kithala Resort, is rumoured to have been built in the 3rd century BC. The serenity of the lake, combined with the surrounding nature and the windy atmosphere, makes the bystander realize the literal definition of the cliché, ‘heaven on earth.’
Explore Kataragama Museum
The home to a variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious artefacts, the Kataragama museum is famous for its archaeological identity. It also houses giant fiberglass replicas of various statues in Sri Lanka
Visit the Bodhi Tree
The Bodhi tree premises is a highly revered site among the Buddhists. It is believed that Lord Buddha sat under the same Bodhi tree to attain enlightenment.