Mulkirigala Rock Temple
The Mulkirigala Rock Temple is cradled on a rocky crag approximately 16km from the coastal town of Tangalle. Shrouded within a green forest, the Buddist rock temple requires you to ascend 500 steps before you can admire the beauty from its summit and experience a tranquil, soothing atmosphere surrounded by wilderness. Visit during the morning or evening hours to avoid the heat and humidity from the day. With 5 terraced levels housing caves, the rock temple complex evokes a sense of peace as you discover its varying statues of Buddha. The temple premises consists of 7 smaller structures within the 5 terraced caves, namely the Lower Temple Compound, Siyambalamaluwa, Bomaluwa, the Royal Temple Compound and the Upper Temple Compound. The caves are adorned with colourful murals and various figurines.
Once you reach the summit, passing the terraces, be amazed at the picturesque views of your surroundings! Within the premises, admire a vast collection of vibrant murals and sculptures depicting the scenes from the Buddha’s life. The temple is one of the most significant and sacred places on the southern coast. Remember to dress modestly before visiting the temple, covering your shoulders and knees as a sign of respect to the holy temple.