Mulkirigala, Sri Lanka

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Мулкиригала Mulkirigala

Mulkirigala (Mulkirigala, Mulgirigala, Raja Maha Viharaya) – the ancient cave temple, located 21 kilometres North from the resort town of Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka (see Mulkirigala map of Sri Lanka).

Mulkirigala is a very beautiful and interesting attraction that attractiveness is quite competes with the Dambulla, and, according to many tourists, even surpasses it. But Mulkirigala relatively unknown and unpopular among tourists place, in part because Dambulla is a UNESCO recognized monument, and the cave temples Mulkirigala this fate and the accompanying popularity has not yet reached.

The cave temples located in the mountain height of 270 meters, which resembles the rock of Sigiriya. On its steep slopes in the seven caves are temples that date back to the 13th century. But according to some other churches were founded here in the 2nd century. To the caves is easy but steep stairs. Inside the temple is full of Buddha statues, small pagodas, and walls painted with beautiful frescoes. You can (and should) pursue the path up the stairs next to the top of the mountain, breaking the 533 steps. There is a Dagoba, a swimming pool and spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding forest.

The place is definitely worth visiting. On inspection of the temples and climbing to the top will take approximately 2 hours, and given the time on the road when you travel from the southern resorts of Sri Lanka it is necessary to allocate a full day.

🕐 Working time: daily from 6:00 to 18:00.

💵 Entrance fee / ticket price: 200 rupees (refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate).

🚶 How to get: visit Mulkirigala for the resort town of Tangalle, but you can do it as a separate day trip or organized tour from any resort areas of southern Sri Lanka.

From Tangalle can be reached by local bus with a transfer in Beliatta or Wiraketiya. The cost of the trip by tuk-tuk from Tangalle will cost around 1000 rupees back and forth with anticipation.

At the same time keep in mind that the village Mulkirigala is a very different place than the temples, so don't confuse these places.

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admin 30 November, 2017
The site presents guides to Central cities and sites of Sri Lanka:
The cultural triangle
Adam's Peak
Forest Sinharaja
Nuwara Eliya
The guides will be supplemented.
In this topic you can ask questions and discuss travelling to these places. Changes to the guides are appreciated :SUPER ...
Competent 5 January, 2018
Correct though Pinnawella at Pinnawala. In English, too. ...
admin 5 January, 2018

Thanks for noticing. As it turns out, the first time for you to remember and pronounce then. It was also with Polonnaruwa-Polonnaruwa for a long time myself retrained. ...
AMN Oct 10, 2018
Assalamu Alaikum.
I would like to ask. can I find in Sri Lanka Halal food
thank you.
and sorry for the mistakes ...
admin October, 10, 2018

Hello! Yes, I can, but this kitchen is not very widespread. Looking for Muslim hotels, if they operate such restaurants. ...
Павел112244466 11 November, 2018
Here you write "you can still get from Matara to Bandarawela" what kind of bus? What's the number? As he goes ?? If you write a guide, write all the information or just certain. ...
helka November 19, 2018
Good day, tell me whether in Polonnaruwa storage or where to leave bags if you arrive there in the morning, walk around the Ancient city, and then go by bus to Kandy. ...
admin 19 November, 2018

Not sure what injury is there. Rather rather sure that they are not, because there is the entrance and ticket control on-street storage no. Maybe there is something in the office selling tickets, but it is unlikely that the Sri Lankans before this would have thought of. If you really look for a place where to leave things, it is best to railway station so should be storage, as on all other stations. Well, in case you can try to negotiate for a nominal amount of staff offices for the sale of tickets or to go into the first hotel and the clerk to negotiate. The last version working and tested 100%.
And generally I on your place would think if you can master this route without lodging. I can understand if it's a tour or car with driver. But to come in a new strange city, to find a place where to leave your Luggage, find the cashier, to get to the entrance, navigate through the vast territory... besides, you need something to get around distances. Will have to find a tuk-tuk for the whole day. IMHO, knowing how difficult travel in hot countries, I would come in the evening, slept, and bright and early the next day I began to explore the Park. ...
helka December 2, 2018
Thank you very much for the reply. The fact that we were coming and so in the morning, so will spend the night in Dambulla, and was planning to rent a tuk tuk for the whole day.
About things have already booked a cheap guest house, where they leave it at that. )) And I hope the night will be in Kandy, because if you come to Polonnaruwa in 10 hours then to 16 hours the time I think that would be enough to see the most important thing, especially on a tuk tuk. ...
admin December 2, 2018

Well, in principle Yes, 6 hours on a tuk-tuk. Determine for yourself the most important thing to look at. I hope our guide to Polonnaruwa read. ...