Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya is a 2300 year old Buddhist place of worship. Established in the times of King Devanam Piyatissa of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, one of the first saplings of the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree was planted here. Sri Maha Bodhi Tree is the tree that was brought to Sri Lanka as a sapling from India taken from the tree Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment.

This is an ideal place for anyone seeking a serene temple boasting of ancient vibrations. Built around and within a giant boulder-like rock formation, the temple looks out to paddy fields and small hamlets. There is not much to walk around or to even look at, but if you would like to be a part of history that goes beyond time to the results of Kings, then this is the ideal place for you.


With time, the temple went down in ruins, but since of late with the help of attendees the restoration has begun. A meditation hall and a Samadhi Buddha statue were also installed.

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