The area around Tissamahamara has a rich and fascinating cultural history. From the towering ancient stone Buddha carvings at Buduruwagala to the colorful festivals at Kataragama, there is no shortage of experiences to be had in the area around Yala.

Jeff Rasley

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SITHULPAWWA

Rock temple in the jungle

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KATARAGAMA

Festive and colorful pilgrammage site 

BUDURUWAGALA

Tallest ancient Buddha carvings on earth

Rock temple in the jungle

KIRINDA

Beach side village with spectacular views