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Yatagala Rock Temple

Indulge in a heavy breakfast in the morning! A day of exploring awaits you. Your host will guide...

Unawatuna, Southern Province

Indulge in a heavy breakfast in the morning! A day of exploring awaits you. Your host will guide you to one of the island’s most ancient rock temples. It is said to have been built during the Anuradhapura Kingdom.


Yatagala Rock Temple: There aren’t a lot of people here. It is peaceful. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by its historical weight as you walk through the giant boulder-shaped rock formations that characterize this Buddhist temple. In close proximity to the vibrant beachside town of Unawatuna, Yatagala Temple is thought to have been built in the era of the first kingdom of Sri Lanka — the Anuradhapura Kingdom. It is said that monks have sought refuge here for at least 1,500 years. It is bordered by lush green paddy fields and a series of small villages. The rock temple enjoyed royal patronage in centuries past. The inner part of the rock temple houses an Image House. A reclining Buddha statue, 9 meters in length, is the main feature here. The ceiling of this section is a work of art in itself. It comprises many delicate paintings illustrating the life of the Buddha, as well as floral-inspired motifs from the Kandyan era.


Make your way back to the hotel, thereafter, and put your feet up for the evening. The images of the rock temple, still vivid, you’ll gradually realise the depth of the experience you took in earlier in the day.


Includes : Host.
Times : 0900 hours and 1600 hours.
Children : Good for kids.
Wear/bring : Conservative clothing.

What to Know Before you trvel


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Sri Lanka is a tropical island. Therefore, breathable cotton clothing would be ideal. White is considered a clean, pure colour especially when visiting religious sites. Ideally a pair of sturdy sneakers for treks would do whilst a pair of comfy flip flops would do for excursions and sandals would be perfect for the beach or for a casual walk.
Get permission from the proper people before visiting a sacred place. This might be a caretaker, holy person, elder, or the governing agency affiliated with the site. Be aware that even after attaining permission from a governing agency you may be offending indigenous people who may not have jurisdiction over their own sacred sites.
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01.A person may bring any sum of money in foreign currencies into Sri Lanka. This sum could be in TCs, Bank drafts or currency notes. However, if the total of such sum exceeds US$ 15,000, such sum should be declared to the Sri Lanka Customs.

02. If a person wishes to take out from Sri Lanka any sum in exceeds of US$ 5000 in currency notes out of the sum brought in as per (1) above, such person should declare the entirety of the sum brought in, even if it is less than US$ 15,000.
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