Mulkirigala Rock Temple - the Dambulla of the south of Sri Lanka
Mulkirigala, also spelt Mulgirigala, is the most important heritage site in the Southern Province. In the hinterland of the coast, it’s the best example of a Sinhalese cave temple. There are plenty of caves used as image houses on different levels of the rock and the paintings in most of them are of excellent quality, though of a distinct style characteristic for the deep south of Sri Lanka. In a way, Mulkikirigala can be called the Dambulla of the south and the monadnock with its vertical cliffs resembles Sigiriya. Like Dambulla, Mulkirigala looks back to a long history. Monks lived in the rock shelters already in pre-Christian centuries. Among tourists, the beautiful cave temple is not an unknown site, since it is mentioned in many pocket guides. On the other hand, Mulkirigala is not yet overcrowded. The rock temple in the hinterland of Tangalle is both an attractive place for heritage travellers and a rewarding destination for beach holiday makers who stay in one of Sri Lanka's south coast resorts.