Kataragama, known as Katirkaman to Tamils, is a town in southeastern Sri Lanka. It’s a famous pilgrimage site. Remarkably, it’s sacred not only to Buddhists but also to Hindus and indigenous Weddha and even some Muslims. It’s believed to be the place where Lord Murugan from Southern India finally settled down on the island of Sri Lanka. The spectacular annual pilgrimage festival usually takes place in June. Buddhists also venerate Kataragama as a Buddha-visited place. The Kiri Vehera stupa close to the Hindu shrines marks the very spot of his stay. Muslims belief, that a locally venerated prophet is buried in Kataragama. As Kataragama adjoins Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, The Ruhuna alias Yala National Park, it has become a starting point for safaris. A wide range of accommodation is available in Kataragama.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka