The reason we stayed in Kataragama in the first place was purely to visit the evening Puja at the temples.Kataragama is along with Kandy one of the most holiest places in Sri Lanka, and the temple complex in Kataragama is unique because there is a Hindu and a Buddhist temple in the same grounds, along with a Mosque! All of these people pray...more
No 57 Detagamuwa, Kataragama, Sri Lanka, Kataragama, Sri Lanka
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
This restaurant was downstairs in the Bank of Ceylon hotel, they offered a set menu of local food at a very reasonable price, and I think that we had to tell them a few hours in advance that we wanted to eat that night. We ate around 9pm when we came back from the puja, this is quite usual, as most visitors are here to attend the puja.
The food was really fabulous. It was a set menu of a typical Sri Lankan meal, rice, curry, vegetables and bread.
The food was delicious, hot and served with a smile!
If you are heading north towards the Hill Country the road which runs from Kataragama to Buttala is shorter than the A2 (to Wellawaya via Tissa) but is quite heavy just now due to the security situation around Yala and your driver may want to go the long way round (see warnings and dangers tips).
The bush is cut back on either side of the road to prevent vehicles being ambushed, we went this way to give a lift to a solider friend who was going back on duty and had no problems. People are friendly and buses still run but I wouldn’t recommend it at night.
Numerous army posts (and the occasional elephant) are spread right along the route either side of the road, the endless check points were a bit of a nuisance but the road is in good condition and we made good time.
When you arrive at Kataragama vendors will attempt to sell you offerings of fruit as part of the Hindu ceremonies, if you have a driver/guide he will know what to do with it but if you are on your own it can be a little confusing. If you want to take part just follow the crowd and do what they do, the Hindu Priest will take a little of the fruit...more
Visit during festival times in the months of July/August and you would see thousands of pilgrims practice self-mortification in fulfillment of vows to the Gods. Devotees fast, meditate and pray; bathe in the Menik Ganga (River) and then worship at the Maha Devale before facing their ordeal. This includes the famous "fire walking" - when believers...more
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In early 2009 Kataragama is in an area whick the UK Foreign Office regards as a problem so why not check with your insurer – mine told me I was still insured here (but not against terrorist action). I regard it as at least as safe as anywhere else and there is much less hassle than at more tourist-orientated places.
Kataragama is important to both Hindus and Buddhist (there’s also Mosque in the complex) and my Sinhalese friends suggest that because of this the LTTE is unlikely to target Kataragama (and because they would probably kill as many Tamil people as Sinhalese).
This place is few kilometers away from Kataragama, a safari called Yala. This National park is the best place for you to see loads of Elephants, Bears, Leopards, Birds & many more other wild animals within a few hours of travel. The sites are breath taking. When you get to this place, you are in a totally a different world. Experience it...I am...more
This place is few kilometers away from Kataragama, a safari called Yala. This National park is the best place for you to see loads of Elephants, Bears, Leopards, Birds & many more other wild animals within a few hours of travel. The sites are breath taking. When you get to this place, you are in a totally a different world. Experiance it...I am...more