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Rock Temple Tour Through Yala National Park
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Sithulpawwa rock temple is historically significant and identified as one of the greatest 2nd century sites of Buddhist scholarship. With a history of over 2200 years, this is an ancient place of worship in the Hambantota district. The modern name Sithulpawwa is derived from the ancient ‘Cittalpabbata’, ‘The hill of the quiet mind’.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
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"stupa house"
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"large rocks"
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"calm place"
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Reviewed February 6, 2018

Temple is located on a part of Yala national park. Sithulpawwa has a great history over 2000 years . History says there were 12000 arahant monks resided here around 1st century. Temple has cave complex and ruins belong to Anuradhapura era.

Thank Thar_M88
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Reviewed November 16, 2017 via mobile

Seeing that we were the only people visiting the temple around 4-5pm, it has given me enthusiasm to kick start my TripAdvisor account with my first review. We think people are MISSING OUT here, the temple is great to see and walking to the top...More

Thank Harrisuk2000
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Reviewed November 13, 2017

It was around 17 km from Kataragama town. The road was via Yala sanctuary and the road was very dusty, but not that bad. If carefully driven, can go with any vehicle. There also were animals in the sanctuary by the road. Has a large...More

Thank Rasika B
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Reviewed October 24, 2017

This place is hidden away in the midst of the Yala National Park and the journey to the temple premises itself was a good experience with bumping into various wild animals through out.. There is historic importance in the temple and the surroundings and the...More

Thank Thishanie D
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Reviewed October 18, 2017

We visited here along with our stay in Yala, very good place for you to learn much about buddhism and what it represents.

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Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed our visit but as we weren't appropriately advised and we visited with out a guide which was a mistake as the place has a very little signage and it is all in Sinhalese. Guides have to be pre booked. Hope to revisit one day...More

Thank Kriskatsat
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Reviewed October 4, 2017

The temple is situated on a huge rock. The place has prehistoric importance. As the temple is situated inside a thick forest, the road to the temple is little difficult and the road is not refurbished with tar. On the way to the temple you...More

Thank Pasan M
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Reviewed September 8, 2017

I wonder how they found this location to build this majestic Stupa. The surrounding is thick jungles with wild Elephants. So the journey it self is quite an interesting one. I loved the Stupa, the shape & the vicinity.

Thank Russia I
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Reviewed August 17, 2017

Sithulpawwa situated in the border of Yala forest. You have to go there by a difficult route, but there are wild animals on the way. Mostly, pigs and deer. The top temple is on a rock. Climb there, you can have a scenic view of...More

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Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

Just stand there and take in the vibe of something architecturally stunning given when it was built. The locals come here to offer prayer and thanks and you are more than welcome to be part of the moment.

Thank Liam C
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790sunethra
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Response from Pasan M |
I went there last year. But the road was not refurbished with tar. I don't think that would happen as the road runs near a wildlife sanctuary. So refurbishing the road with tar is not expected.
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