Kataragama is a popular pilgrimage town among the local Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and the aboriginal communities. Located in the south eastern region of Sri Lanka its main attraction is the Ruhunu Maha Kataragam Devalaya, a shrine dedicated to the Skanda-Murukan aka Kataragama Deviyo.
During medieval times Kataragama had been a small town but the shrine, which dates as far back as the 2nd century BC, has throughout the times attracted devotees. An annual colourful procession is the main event of this shrine. Held during the months of July and August the pageants highlights are the `Kawadi` dancers and the fire walkers.The town is also famous for the impressive and stunning Buddhist Stupa, `Kirir Vehera` which dates back to late BC centuries, and as a significant city during the Ruhuna Kingdom. Today Kataragama is a much developed holiday destination featuring a range of accommodation options. It is also a popular stop over for those visiting the adjoining Yala National Park.
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