Costs

Half day : $50

Full day : $100

Kataragama

The temple complex at Katharagama is one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka and an atmospheric place to spend an evening while visiting the country. If you come in July or August you may also find yourself here during the annual perahera, which attracts pilgrims from all over the country.

Katharagama is sacred to Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims. When you arrive we will buy some flowers and fruit for you from the stalls around the town, which you will use to make a puja (offering). As you walk up the gravel path to the temples, you will also see that many of the other devotees are wearing white.

Before you enter the temple complex it is traditional to light a coconut, hold it above your head in prayer and then try to smash it into two pieces for luck.

After this we will visit the temples and shrines. These include an Islamic mosque (Uk-Khizr), Hindu shrines to Vishnu, Ganesh and Shiva and the main Buddhist stupa (the Maha Davale) built by King Dutugamunu to commemorate his defeat of the Tamil King Elara.

While you are in the temple complex you can also receive a Hindu bindi, or pirith bands (Buddhist wristbands).

We will pick you up from your hotel or guest house around 4pm to 4.30pm and return you around 8pm to 8.30pm or later if you choose to have dinner in Katharagama.