Monaragala

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Monaragala is the second largest and one of the main agricultural districts in Sri Lanka. Monaragala has a lot to offer including wildlife, ancient architecture, water reservoirs. Buduruwagala is the major attraction in the area.

Where to stay, Places to eat and Things to do in Monaragala

Ancient Heritage and Religious Sites

Having been connected to powerful ancient Kings & Rulers including King Dutugemunu, King Saddathissa, Queen Sugala, Monaragala has got a rich collection of ancient heritage sites to offer.

A stupa built on their battleground by Prince Gemunu and Shaddhatissa after making peace between them. The stupa is in a ruined state with only the bottom third remaining with massive trees grown on top.

Biso Pokuna is an ancient pond believed to be used by the powerful warrior Queen Sugala who ruled Ruhunu Rata in the 12th-century.

A massive lake spreaded across 150 acres, built in the 3rd-century BC.

Kataragama is one of the holiest towns in Sri Lanka.

The tallest freestanding 7th-century Buddha statue, depicting the Asisa Mudra.

Kataragama Kiri Vehera is among the 16 most sacred Buddhist places in Sri Lanka, hallowed by the visits of Gautama Tathagata.

An ancient temple built in the 2nd-century BC, which provided refuge to Prince Saddathissa after losing the battle against his brother Dutugemunu.

Kebiliththa is believed to be the present territory of God Kataragama or Kataragama Deviyo.

A shrine dedicated to God Kataragama built on top of a 2500 feet high rock about 1.5 kilometers away from the Tissa - Kataragama Road.

Sella Kataragama is one of the largest and holiest shrines dedicated to the God Ganesh, God of wisdom and the younger brother of God Kataragama.

A collection of buddhist figures carved into a massive rock during the 9th and 10th centuries, Buduruwagala is a not to miss place in Sri Lanka.

Wildlife, Nature & Water Reservoirs

Monaragala is one of the main water sources in Sri Lanka, and has a high biodiversity. Many important rivers including Menik Ganga, Gal Oya, Kumbukkan Oya and Kirindi Oya start from Monaragala.

A high biodiversity park with about 32 species of mammals and 150 species of birds, it is the main catchment area for the Senanayaka Samudraya.

With a capacity of 950 million cubic meters of water this is the largest and the most iconic irrigation project in Sri Lanka.

Truly a beautiful waterfall with a natural pool formed at its foot.

Located in the Yala Block V and also known as the Manik Ganga reservoir, this water reservoir is built by damming Manik Ganga.

Yala is the second largest national park in Sri Lanka, Yala is home to many mammals, birds and reptiles including a number of endemic species.