According to the footages of ancient history, this sacred land of God Kataragama, has been built up by the king dutugemunu to pay the gratitude towards the God Kataragama, for the sacred support given to finish the war. Holy believes of both Sinhalese and Tamil pilgrims laid on Kataragama Dewalaya as they worship the Lord God of Kataragama to avoid all the pain and suffers as well as to gain the sustainability. This beautiful landmark of Uva province, is located by the bank of Menik river.
Annually, there is a season of fifteen days to celebrate the festival dedicated to God Kataragama. Related to this fest, Kataragama Perahera takes place, with a number of colorful traditional and dancing items.
Yala national park
Yala, the most visited Sri Lankan wildlife sanctuary, is located in Southern and Uva provinces. Being the second largest national park of the Sri Lanka, this holds 978.807 square kilometers over the land. Yala national park, which is being the residence for a number of wild animal varieties, contains five blocks.
Most importantly Yala National park is dedicated to the conservation of Sri Lankan leopards, Sri Lankan elephants and aquatic birds. And Yala already identified as one of the seventy migrant bird areas in Sri Lanka. Since this park is located in the dry, semi-arid climatic region, basically it receives the rain during the northeast monsoon. This leads Yala to host a number of different eco-systems range, starting from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands.
In the Eastern border of the park Magul Maha Vihara is located and Sithul pawwa Raja Maha Vihara is located in the Southern border of the Yala National park. This provides sufficient evidence of ancient civilization, which was based in this area.
Wedasitikanda is a most popular location, among the pilgrims to Kataragama. This rocky mountain is located 3.5 kilometers away from the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Dewalaya premises.
As per the legends, Wedasitikanda was one location, where the Lord god Kataragama lived. It is said king Dutugemunu built Kataragama Dewalaya, to pay the gratitude towards the Kataragama God, for the sacred support and blessings to win the invader with Elara. When the King met Kataragama God at Wedasitikanda premises, he shot an arrow into the air and the place where the arrow landed was selected to build the shrine.
In some folks among the villages, it says Wedasitikanda was the grand location of King Mahasen who was the rural king of the area at the time of the third visit of Lord Buddha to Sri Lanka. According to the stories, king Mahasen was elevated to the deity after his death.
Kirinda is the hidden beauty of the Southern coast, which carries a historic legend with itself. This tremendous beach is located on the edge of down south where the southern and eastern coasts connect.
Queen Viharamahadevi, mother to King DutuGemunu and King Saddhathissa, Queen to King Kavanthissa and the daughter of King Kelanithissa was a great heroine of Sri Lanka. According to the historical footages, it is said Queen Viharamadevi sacrificed her life to save the country, from a tsunami situation took place in the ancient time, when her father king Kelanithissa was the ruler of Kelaniya. Great queen left to the sea from Kelaniya and finally reached to Kirinda. There she met her soul mate King Kavanthissa, who was grateful about her scarification and married her.
Kirinda is a far closer destination to Great Kindom Thissamaharamaya which is 250km away from the capital city.
According to the beliefs of devotees, Kebiliththa dewalaya is an incarnation of Lord God Kataragama. And most of the stories relate this sacred place is the residence of the God Kataragama, which grabs the divine spiritual powers.
Kebiliththa dewalaya is amid the Yala National park, and has four different access roads. These roads are very difficult to access, yet the thousand numbers of devotees worship the dewalaya to gain the spiritual blessings and sustainability.
The abstain of Meat kind foods and meals as well as the alcohol at least for a week, is a must before the journey to worship Kebiliththa Dewalaya. And also should be careful not to use harsh words, foul language. Believes are laid as no one should talk about the pending travel or before the start and in between the journey as well.
Thissamaharama Rajamaha Viharaya
Historic county of Ruhuna proudly holds this sacred pilgrimage which located at the edge of the Southern province of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by an attractive environment which is bordered a massive paddy field and the Thissa lake, Vihara premises shows the prosperity of the rural kingdoms of ancient Sri Lanka.
King Kawanthissa built up this beautiful Rajamaha viharaya during his ruling, in the second century BC, which contain one of the largest pagodas in Sri Lanka.
According to the archaeological evidences, it is proved that, Thissamaharama Rajamaha Vihara is a pre-eminent Buddhist educational center of Sri Lanka, in between Third century BC to 11th century AD