Kataragama is a holy town, sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda individuals of Sri Lanka. Individuals from South India likewise go there to revere. The town has the Ruhunu Maha Kataragama devalaya, a hallowed place devoted to Skanda-Murukan otherwise called Kataragamadevio. Kataragama is in the Monaragala District of Uva territory, Sri Lanka. It is 228 km ESE of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. In spite of the fact that Kataragama was a little town in medieval circumstances, today it is a quick creating township encompassed by wilderness in the southeastern locale of Sri Lanka. It houses the old Kiri Vehera Buddhist stupa. The town has a respected history going back to the most recent hundreds of years BCE. It was the seat of administration of numerous Sinhalese lords amid the times of Rohana kingdom. Since the 1950s the city has experienced numerous changes with progressive governments putting resources into open transportation, restorative offices, and business improvement and lodging administrations. It appends the well-known Yala National Park.
Kataragama dewalaya, Sri Lanka, is a temple complex committed to Kataragama deviyo. It is one of only a handful couple of religious destinations in Sri Lanka that is adored by the Sinhala Buddhists, Hindu Sri Lankan Tamils, Sri Lankan Moors and the Vedda people. It is an accumulation of unassuming hallowed places, of which the one committed to Kataragama deviyo, is the most essential. For a large portion of the previous centuries, it was a wilderness hallowed place exceptionally hard to get to; today it is open by an all-climate street. All the places of worship—and the adjacent Kiri Vehera—are overseen by Buddhists, aside from holy places committed to other local deities.
Yala National Park
Yala is known as the best place to see leopards in the world due to the high population of leopards. Also the second largest National Park in Sri Lanka. 25 individual leopards have been recorded in Yala block one area. In September every year, Park is closed for visitors as it’s the breeding season for the leopards. Best time to visit the park is in the evenings where you can spot leopards resting under trees.
There are three main entrances to the Yala National Park for the visitors. You can get a jeep safari in the park with an experienced driver and a guide from wildlife conservation center of the entrances. To see a number of animals in the park, drivers will take you through the designated routes for the safari jeeps. You can spot leopards, water buffalos, sloth bears and other mammals during a safari. 90 species of birds has been found in Yala National Park. Most of them are migratory birds such as waterfowl and great white pelican. Flamingo birds, rare species such as night herons and purple herons are roaming around the lagoons of the park. Sea Eagles, Serpent Eagles, and peacocks are common in Yala in the coastal line. Few huts are built in the park for bird watching the streams.