KATARAGAMA : Land Of Great Holiness


Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. People from South India also go there to worship. The town has the Kataragama temple, a shrine dedicated to Skanda Kumara also known as Kataragama deviyo.


Based on archeological evidence found, it is believed that the Kiri Vihara was either renovated to build during the first century BCE. There are number of others inscriptions and ruins. By the 16th century the Kataragama god shrine at Kataragama had become synonymous with Skanda-Kumara who was a guardian deity of Sinhala Buddhism. The town was popular as a place of pilgrimage for Hindus from India and Sri Lanka by the 15th century. The popularity of the deity at the Kataragama temple was recorded by the Pali. chronicles of Thailand such as Jinkalmali in the 16th century. There are Buddhist and Hindu legends that attribute supernatural events to the locality. Scholars such as Paul Younger and Heinz Bechert speculate that rituals practiced by the native priests of Kataragama temple betray Vedda ideals of propitiation. Hence they believe the area was of Vedda veneration that was taken over by the Buddhist and Hindus in the medieval period.

The ancient Kiri vihara Buddhist stupa, which is believed to be built by the regional king Mahasena in the 6th century BC is also a major attraction in Kataragama area. The town has a venerable history dating back to the last centuries BCE. It was the seat of government of many Singhalese kings during the days of Rohana kingdom Since the 1950s the city has undergone many improvements with successive governments investing in public transportation, medical facilities, and business development and hotel services. It adjoins the popular Yala National park

Average temperatures in Kataragama vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some in the 14th percentile for pleasant weather compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather  are listed above If youre looking for the very warmest time to visit Kataragama, the hottest months are May, April, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid May where highs are regularly around 90.6 F (32.6 C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 78.9 F (26.1 C) at night.