Shrouded in myth and history, Kataragama is a pilgrim town, adjoining the Yala National Park, that has a prominent temple – the Kataragama Devalaya – dedicated to the Kataragama Deviyo (deity). The town is a significant place for Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic religious groups in the country, as well as for the indigenous Veddah communities. What makes this town an embodiment of the multi- cultural ethos of the island is that each religious group converges on it to perform their unique rituals.
❂ Useful tips
- You are expected to remove shoes and hats when you approach the temple premises. It is advisable to have a thick pair of socks with you, as the sand you have to walk across can get burning hot.
- Be mindful of your attire when you visit temples in Sri Lanka. You are generally required to cover your shoulders and legs.