Attractions

Top Choice Hindu Shrine in Kataragama

Maha Devale

This is Kataragama's most important shrine. It contains the lance of the six-faced, 12-armed Hindu war god, Murugan (Skanda), who is seen as identical to the Kataragama Deviyo. Followers make offerings at daily puja…
Buddhist Stupa in Kataragama

Kirivehara

An impressive 29m white dagoba in the north of the sacred compound. It's thought to have been built during the reign of King Mahasena (AD 276–303) who also constructed the Jetavanarama Dagoba in Anuradhapura and man…
Mosque in Kataragama

Ul-Khizr Mosque

The second holy site you see as you pass through the holy compound. This beautiful mosque features intricate coloured tile work and wooden lintels, and the tombs of two holy men (who originated from Central Asia and…
Museum in Kataragama

Kataragama Museum

This archaeological museum inside the complex has a collection of Hindu and Buddhist religious items, as well as huge fibreglass replicas of statues from around Sri Lanka. The labelling, however, is woeful.
Hindu Temple in Kataragama

Sivam Kovil

A riverside Hindu temple dedicated to Ganesh, and the first structure you encounter as you enter the holy complex.
Buddhist Site in Kataragama

Bodhi Tree

You'll often find monkeys hanging around this sacred tree.
Film Location in Kataragama

Ranminithenna Tele-Cinema Village

This studio located halfway between Tissa and Kataragama is only mentioned because some drivers and tours will suggest you visit. Structures meant to recreate colonial Bombay are crumbling in the tough local climate…