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An ancient Buddhist temple built on a rock.

Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya

Built on a 205m high rock, the Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya is a unique Buddhist Temple in Tangalle and an intriguing attraction to visit too! When exploring Tangalle and its surroundings during your tour with Taru Villas, visit this temple too, as it’s less than one hour away. Consisting of a series of cave temples adorned with intricate murals and sculptures that date back to the days of the ancient Anuradhapura Kingdom of the 3rd century BC, the temple is a preserved archaeological monument.

Nearest City
Tangalle
Key Highlight
Murals on the cave walls.
Distance from Tangalle
17.4km

A Look into the Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya

  • The Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya is believed to have been built by King Saddhatissa of the Anuradhapura Kingdom, according to the Mahavamsa.
  • It is widely believed that the Bo tree within the premises of the temple is one of the 32 saplings of the sacred Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi that was scattered throughout the island.
  • There are many features of interest, including a large reclining Buddha that has been intricately carved by the masons of old.
  • The temple is surrounded by four rocks known as Benagala, Kondagala, Bisogala and Seelawathiegala.
  • Taru Villas Mawella and The Tangalle Social is approximately one hour away from Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya.

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