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Gestupana Lakeview

A great opportunity to stay with nature surrounded by a free and beautiful agricultural garden in front of the Gestupana Lake on your way to Katharagama Pilgrimage.

  • Peaceful holidayLush green color garden

    Gestupana Lakeview has been built both with the environment and your luxury in mind.The atmosphere the guestrooms at Guestupana Lake View emanate is indeed ideal for a peaceful holiday...

  • Waterfront LocationStay at Lakes Waterfront

    Offering an absolute waterfront location on Gestupana Lake Surrounded by lovely fruit and vegetable garden. Gestupana Lakeview features free Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming at the nearby lake, a TV lounge, an exciting play area for the kids,cooking facilities and free on-site parking...

  • Eco-FriendlyA beautiful lake land for fun.

    The grounds are like a well-cared for jungle full of beautiful birds, lizards, monkeys and the buildings have been designed and built to fit in with minimal impact on their surrounding environment. We believe in reducing our energy use as much as possible...

  • AccommodationCharming and modern guestrooms

    All guestrooms are well maintained and are equipped with a television with satellite channels, Wall fans, and complimentary tea/coffee making facilities. A variety of single, double and triple rooms are available for guests to choose from...

  • Surrounded byfruit and vegetable garden

    Gestupana Lakeview is surrounded lovely fruit and vegetable garden The grounds are like a well-cared for jungle full of beautiful birds, lizards, monkeys and the buildings have been designed and built to fit in with minimal impact on their surrounding environment...

  • Wild safarisSafaris discounts are available

    Guestupana Lake has the best of both worlds wildlife plus cultural activities, including birdwatching, jungle walks, sunset strolls and walks into the different cultural villages. Elephant and sunset Lake Safaris discounts are available for guests staying two nights or more...


About us Guestupana Lake view

Uva (established by the British rulers of Ceylon1883) is Sri Lanka's second least populated province created in 1896. Uva Province has large amount of historical incidents from King Ravana Era. It consists of two districts Badulla and Moneragala. The provincial capital is Badulla. Several News sources identifies that tha King Ravana had been governed the country based from Badulla. Ravana Waterfalls, Stripura Curve Tunnel Complex, Ravana Cave, Hakgala Mountain, Diurumwela Temple are the related places with Ravana stories. Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara is the Place of first visit of Lord Buddha(530 BC)to Sri Lanka. There are some ancient temples in Uva province such as Muthiyangana Raja Maha Vihara and Kataragama temple. Gestupana Lakeview located in the beautiful and pleasant town of Sellakatharagama in the Moneragala district Even though the drive from Colombo will take you about 4 - 5 hours, the Guestupana Lake View in Sella Katharagama is the ideal venue if you are keen on wild life and nature, nearby major tourist attractions are Rawana Falls, Yala, Uda Walawe, Bundala and Lunugamvehera National Parks, Kiri Vehera Dagoba(This structure probably dates back to the 3rd century BC), Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya, (Current structure) Approximately between 1100 - 1400s is famous for fire walking rituals and the annual perahera (procession) in July/August , Kirinda Ancient Temple (between the 2nd and 1st century BC), Sithulpawwa rock temple With a history of over 2200 years, Mudunagala Hot Springs, rivers and the Reservoirs.

Accommodation

Guestupana Lake view offers charming and contemporary guestrooms which are well appointed with modern day conveniences. With a beautiful restaurant serving delicious Sri Lankan cuisine, you can relax by the Guestupana Lake and the best of both worlds wildlife plus cultural activities, including birdwatching, jungle walks, sunset strolls walks into the different cultural villages. Visits to the organic farm and Gestupana Lakeview projects are also possible. Elephant and sunset Lake Safaris discounts are available for guests staying two nights or more. The Gestupana Lakeview around are the home to 200 bird species and frequent visitors to the area include the Elephants, Wild Boar, Leopard, Sri Lankan sloth bear , Reptiles, amphibians and Jungle Cats and many more with diversity and endemism of plants.

Eco-Friendly

The atmosphere the guestrooms at Guestupana Lake View emanate is indeed ideal for a peaceful holiday. The Gustupana Lake View consists of a lush green colour garden and a stunning Gustupana lake that runs in front of the property. Charming yet modern, all guestrooms are well maintained and are equipped with a television with satellite channels, Wall fans, and complimentary tea/coffee making facilities. A variety of single, double and triple rooms are available for guests to choose from.

The grounds are like a well-cared for jungle full of beautiful birds, lizards and monkeys and the buildings have been designed and built to fit in with minimal impact on their surrounding environment. We believe in reducing our energy use as much as possible and all water is heated using solar energy, our liquid waste system is designed to turn all our waste into biofertiliser and all recyclable waste is treated in the appropriate way.

Facilities

The team at Guestupana Lake view is always geared to provide its guests the best service whenever required. Guests can enjoy traditional Southern Sri Lankan cuisine at the restaurant while enjoying a variety of fresh juices. You can also enjoy some games while other hotel services include an outdoor swimming at lake, a TV lounge, an exciting play area for the kids, Wi-Fi facilities, 24 hour room service, 24 hours security as well as daily housekeeping.

Activities

Bird watching: Sri Lanka is literally a bird-watcher's treasure box. It is a bird watching paradise with a large number of birds that are endemic to Sri Lanka.

Wild safaris: One of the many reasons as to why people visit Sri Lanka is because of its very diverse wildlife. From flora to fauna, a lot of species are only endemic to Sri Lanka. A lot of people, even the locals come to nature reserves and forests to get a glimpse of rare creatures for maybe once in their whole lifetime

Hiking is usually done up in the Hill country where mountains and water falls are found in abundance. Jungles and nature reserves are also covered during hiking. A bit of bird watching can also be thrown in at the same time.

Village walks for all interests (kids cricket & kite flying with local children)

Other info of the accommodation

  • Two Large bedrooms and corridor with attach bathrooms for 10 or 20 vistors.
  • Specially safe area for children to play.
  • Two sparate rooms which accommodate for four people.
  • Just 2.5KM from Sella Katharagama - Thanamalwila carpeted road.
  • Only 500M away from Lunugamveheara National Park.
  • Visit Ancient temples in the village.
  • Facilities for Yala, Bundala and Udawalawa tours.
  • Cooking demonstrations.
  • Facilities for your own cooking in our state of the art kitchen or get the assistance of our gourmet chef.
  • Lake tea: A beautiful lake land for fun and frolic with your family.
  • Outdoor Swimming at Lake
  • Whether you're looking to swim yourself fit or simply escape the summer heat, nothing beats a refreshing dip in the open air. Swimming in Gestupana lakes is great fun. It's becoming increasingly popular due to hot weather.

  • Don't jump straight into the water. You could suffer from cold water shock.
  • Acclimatize to the cold water gradually.
  • Don't swim after eating or drinking alcohol.
  • It is always advisable to wear a wetsuit.
  • Swim gloves and socks can help keep you warm and protect your feet from sharp stones.
  • Have warm clothes to change into afterwards.
  • There are no lifeguards around so you are responsible for your own safety. Be aware of your own limitations.
  • Outdoor Swimming

    TV lounge & Wi-Fi facilities

    24 hour Room Service

    Traditional Sri Lankan Cuisine


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    Testimonials

    • "We were very happy with our 3 night stay at the Gestupana Lake View in December 2013. It was comfortable and . The owners were obliging and helpful in every way. Careful attention and assistance were given when needed. The motel is situated close to nice Lake. Definitely recommend it to others. Good rates for quality service. Thank you!"
      by Sumedha & Malka
    • "Great location, great value! Stayed in a family room which was large and clean. Very comfortable beds, clean linen. Bathroom was clean.We had a great time. Very relaxing. We are returning next February and we intend on staying with you again. Thank you once again for your great service."
      by Sanjeewa
    • "I have to say this hotel is absolutely delightful the staff were very friendly very helpful and very professional the rooms are spacious and clean and warm food has great variety and very well presented.At the front of the hotel you have Gestupana Lake and the beautiful view of the Lake.I will definitely be going there again."
      by Dencil
    • "We were here in 15 March. Highly recommended this resort. Great location, beautiful garden. The rooms are clean, spacious and comfortable. The highlight of this place is the staff and their service - from the top Manager to the cleaner every one just eager to help. I would definitely visit Gestupana LakeView in my next vacation too."
      by kasun & Family
    • "Wow Great and peaceful location. Here we had a great fun with my friends. Service was excellent and rooms are clean. Comfortable beds, bathroom was clean. We are returning next year. Thank you for your service."

      Akalanka,Kandy,Sri Lanka

      by Akalanka
    • "I was here on April with my family. We were only going to be in katharagama for 2 days (2 nights) and we wanted to stay right in the beautiful place. Gestupana lakeview was the place that we expected and it was everything that i hope would be. It's well located near to Gestupana Lake. Rooms are very large and very comfortable...... read more"
      by Maheshi and family

    • Udawediya Main room

    • Udawediya Bath room

    • Udawediya Open Area

    2500Rsper night

    Udawediya Family Pack (No. of Persons 1-4)

    Where better for a family vacation or reunion that the lovely Gestupana Lake? Get the family together in a Gestupana Lakeview, then just relax and enjoy each others company.Our rooms are furnished differently and individually, but always comfortably and personally.All rooms have a high-speed internet connection.Rates are subject to change and may vary on certain days of the Event Seasons.  Special Event cancellation policies may apply. 

    • Rightside of open area

    • External Bathroom

    • Leeniya Main room

    5000Rsper night

    Leeniya Friends Pack(No. of Persons 8 Maximum)

    Groups welcome you to Gestupana Lakeview with up to 9 Persons take advantage of our best available rates and get closer to Gestupana Lake.Any stay, whether one room with one side of open area and two Bathrooms included. Offer is subject to availability, is not applicable for groups and cannot be combined with any other offers.Rates are subject to change and may vary on certain days of the Event Seasons.Special Event cancellation policies may apply.

    • External Bathroom

    • Leftside open area

    • Rightside open area

    10000Rsper night

    Katarodu Group Pack(No. of Persons 15 Maximum)

    Our best and most flexible rates offering any Groups stay, whether two rooms with three side of open areas and four Bathrooms includes may not exceed 18 Persons take advantage of this group offer and get closer to Gestupana Lake.Offer is subject to availability, is not applicable for groups and cannot be combined with any other offers.Rates are subject to change and may vary on certain days of the Event Seasons.Special Event cancellation policies may apply.

    Room Rates

    (No. of Persons)

    Night 1(Rs) Night 2(Rs) Night 3(Rs)

    Udawediya Pack

    ( 1-4 )

    Rs:2500 Rs:2500 Rs:2000

    Leeniya Pack

    ( 8 Maximum)

    Rs:5000 Rs:9000 Rs:13000

    Katarodu Pack

    ( 15 Maximum)

    Rs:10000 Rs:19000 Rs:27000

    *There are an additional four beds on the lakeview corridor for Rs:500 each

    **Rates shown in Sri Lankan Rupees & Further terms and conditions apply.

    Activities

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    National Parks

    Yala National Park

    Yala National Park is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. The park consists of five blocks, two of which are now open to the public and also adjoining parks. The blocks have individual names such as Ruhuna National Park (block 1) and Kumana National Park or 'Yala East' for the adjoining area. The park covers 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi) and is located about 37 kilometres from Gestupana Lake View. Yala was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1900, and, along with Wilpattu was one of the first two national parks in Sri Lanka, having been designated in 1938. The park is best known for its variety of wild animals. It is important for the conservation of Sri Lankan Elephants and aquatic birds.

    There are six national parks and three wildlife sanctuaries in the vicinity of Yala. The park is situated in the dry semi-arid climatic region and rain is received mainly during the northeast monsoon. Yala hosts a variety of ecosystems ranging from moist monsoon forests to freshwater and marine wetlands. It is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka. Yala sanctuary 215 bird species including six endemic species of Sri Lanka. The number of mammals that has been recorded from the park is 44, and it has one of the highest leopard densities in the world. With over 35 leopards, Yala West has one of the world's densest leopard populations and is renowned as one of the best places in which to see one of these stunning cats. Panthera pardus kotiya, the subspecies you may well see, is unique to Sri Lanka. The best time to spot leopards is February to June or July, when the water levels in the park are low. Elephants are also well-known inhabitants (the best time to spot them is also between February and July), and with luck you'll also get to see the shaggy-coated sloth bear or some of the fox-like jackals. Sambars, spotted deer, boars, crocodiles, buffaloes, mongooses and monkeys are here in their hundreds.

    The area around Yala has hosted several ancient civilisations. Two important pilgrim sites, Sithulpahuwa and Magul Vihara, are situated within the park.

    Bundala National Park

    Bundala national park is a biosphere reserve that is frequented by tourists as it is the wintering ground for migratory water birds in Sri Lanka. Bundala National Park is spread in an area of 6000 hectares, and is located around 44 kilometres from Gestupana Lake View. Bundala was declared a national park in 1993 and a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2005. Bundala is located at the Southern end of Sri Lanka where the land, the sea and the wet lands meet. Bundala national park has a unique combination of lagoons, beaches, sand dunes and jungles that cannot be found anywhere else in Sri Lanka.

    Bundala national park is home to close to 200 species of birds, with main tourist attraction being Greater Flamingo that migrates to this area in large flocks. Other main birds that can be found in the area are Waterfowl, Cormorants, large water birds, black-headed ibis and painted storks. Travellers can also find other wildlife attractions in Bundala national park including few Sri Lankan Elephants, common langur, Jackal, Leopard, wild boar, Porcupine, giant squirrels, crocodiles and fishing cat. Four out of five species of turtles found in Sri Lanka visit Bundala to lay eggs during October to January.

    Uda Walawe National Park

    With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, Uda Walawe National Park is the Sri Lankan national park that best rivals the savannah reserves of Africa. In fact, for elephant-watching, Uda Walawe often surpasses many of the most famous East African national parks. The park is located around 70 kilometers from Gestupana Lake View, which centres on the 308.2sqkm Uda Walawe Reservoir, is lightly vegetated but it has a stark beauty and the lack of dense vegetation makes game-watching easy. The park is beautifully situated just south of the hill country it's certainly the one national park in Sri Lanka not to miss.

    Uda Walawe has developed into one of Sri Lanka's most popular national parks mainly thanks to its large and easily spotted population of elephants. It's the best place in the island to see pachyderms in the wild, although in other respects it doesn't have the range of fauna and habitats of Yala or Bundala. Most of Uda Walawe lies within the dry zone, and its terrain is flat and denuded, with extensive areas of grassland and low scrub (the result of earlier slash and burn farming) dotted with the skeletal outlines of expired trees, scratched to death by the resident elephants. The actual landscape of the park is rather monotonous during dry periods, although the lack of forest cover makes it easier to spot wildlife than in any other Sri Lankan park and the whole place transforms magically after rain, when temporary lagoons form around the reservoir, drowning trees and turning the floodplains an intense, fecund green.

    The principal attraction is, of course, elephants, of which there are usually around six hundred in the park; animals are free to migrate along an elephant corridor between here and Lunugamvehera National Park, though most stay here. There are also hundreds of buffaloes, plus macaque and langur monkeys, spotted and sambhur deer and crocodiles, while other rarely sighted residents include leopards, giant flying squirrels, jungle cats, sloth bears and porcupines. Uda Walawe is also good for birds, including a number of endemics and some birds of prey, while the reservoir also attracts a wide range of aquatic birds including the unmistakable Lesser Adjutant, Sri Lanka's largest – and ugliest – bird, standing at well over a metre tall.

    About 5km west of the park entrance on the main road is the engaging Elephant Transit Home usually referred to as the "Elephant Orphanage". Founded in 1995, the orphanage is home to around 25 baby elephants rescued from the wild after the loss of their parents. As at the better-known orphanage at Pinnewala, elephants here are bottle-fed milk until the age of 3½, after which they're given a diet of grass. At the age of 5, most are released into the national park (around thirty so far); a few have been donated to important temples. You can't get quite as close to the elephants as at Pinnewala; outside feeding times the elephants are allowed to wander, so there's usually nothing to see.

    Lunugamvehera National Park

    Lunugamvehera National Park is the immediate catchment of the Lunugamvehera reservoir. This serves as a link between the Ruhunu Yala National Protected area complex on the east side and Udawalawe National Park to its west and facilitates the ranging of elephants to and from areas such as Haldummula and Koslands in the Uva and Southern region of Sri Lanka. Located 1 kilometer from Gestupana Lake View.The Lunugamvehera National Park was established for protection as a corridor for elephant migration from the Yala National Park to the Uda Walawe National Park. Lunugamvehera National Park, which is a contiguous stretch of forests of famous Ruhuna (Yala) National Park, was declared open in 1995 with the objectives of protecting the catchment area of Lunugamvehera reservoir and wildlife resources therein. Protection of this catchment area is vital to maintain the water levels of five other reservoirs downstream like Kirindi Oya River and wetland characteristics of Bundala National Park too.

    Due to the grass the gas that grows around the Lunugamvehera lake, many wild animals could be seen arriving here searching for food. Among them are many elephants and buffalo apart from dandulena, Porcupines, Kola diviya, MOngoose, Wild boar, Mimiththa and Spotted deer.Among the types of bird which live here are the native Jungle fowl which faces a threat of extinction. Among the reptiles could be seen the Crocodile, Star tortoise, and Pala Polanga.The national park is a significant part of the jungle tract, which pave way for the seasonal movement of the wild elephants in the area. It ensures the continuous movement between Yala and Udawalawe National parks, which is quite important for the long term existence of elephants. Lunugamvehera is an ideal habitat for water birds too.

    Lunugamvehera is in the Dry zone of Sri Lanka and therefore the park is exposed to annual drought, relieved by the south western monsoon. Out of 23,498 hectares of total land area, 14 percent is land under the reservoir. Nearby Thanamalvila area receives a 1,000 millimeters of annual rainfall.The forest of Lunugamvehera national park is also characterized by its several forest layers. The mosaic of scrubland and grassland which make up these forests consists of plant species such as the endemic Drypetes sepiaria, Manilkara hexandra, Schleichera oleosa, Lannea coromandelica to name a few. The Grassland area contains several species of grasses such as Chloris montana, Cynodon dactylon, Panicum maximum, Imperata cylindrica and others which are also common in abandoned chenalands. Teak and Eucalyptus plantations are now common in the forest.

    Landmark & Ancient Temples

    Kiri Vehera Dagoba

    Many Sinhala Buddhists of Sri Lanka believe that Katharagama Deviyo is a guardian deity of Buddhism and he is the presiding deity of Katharagama temple. Katharagama is also one of the 16 principal places of Buddhist pilgrimage to be visited in Sri Lanka. According to the chronicle of Sri Lankan history the Mahawamsa, when the Bo sapling of Bodhi Tree, under which Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment in North India was brought to the city of Anuradhapura 2,300 years ago, the warriors or Kshatriyas from Katharagama were present on the occasion to pay homage and respect.

    The Bo tree situated behind the Katharagama temple is one of the eight saplings (Ashta Phala Bodhi) of Sri Maha Bodhiya in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. This tree has been planted in the 3rd century BCE. The Kiri Vehera Dagoba which stands in close proximity to the Katharagama Devalaya was built by the King Mahasena. According to the legend, Lord Buddha, on his third and the last visit to Sri Lanka, was believed to have met King Mahasena, who ruled over the Katharagama area in 580 BC. It is said that King Mahasena met Lord Buddha and listened to the Buddha's discourse and as a token of gratitude; the Dagoba was built on that exact spot where it now stands. Thus the local Sinhalese Buddhists believe that Katharagama was sanctified by Lord Buddha.

    Katharagama, houses the ancient Kiri Vehera Buddhist stupa. It is a pilgrimage town popular with Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and indigenous Veddah communities of Sri Lanka and South India. The town has Ruhunu Maha Katharagama Devalaya, a shrine dedicated to Kataragamadevio also known as Skanda-Murukan. Katharagama is situated in the Moneragala District of Uva province, Sri Lanka. It is situated 9 kilometers from Gestupana Lake View, the capital of Sri Lanka. Although Katharagama was a small village in medieval times, today it is a fast developing township surrounded by jungle in the South Eastern region of Sri Lanka. The town has a venerable history dating back to the last centuries of BCE. It also was the seat of government of many Sinhalese kings during the days of Ruhunu kingdom. Since the 1950s the city has undergone many improvements with successive governments investing in public transportation, medical facilities, and business development and hotel services. It adjoins the popular Yala national park.

    The general vicinity of Katharagama has yielded evidence of human habitation at least 125,000 years ago. It has also yielded evidence of Mesolithic and Neolithic habitations. During the historic period, the general area was characterized by small reservoirs for water conservation and associated paddy cultivation. Katharagama village is first mentioned in the historical annals known as Mahawamsa written down in the 5th century CE. It mentions a town named Kajaragama from which important dignitaries came to receive the sacred Bo sapling sent from Asoka's Mauryan Empire. It was also functioned as the capital of number of kings of the Ruhuna kingdom. It provided refuge to many kings from the north when the north was invaded by South Indian kingdoms. It is believed that the area was abandoned around the 13th century.

    Based on archaeological evidence found, it is believed that the Kiri Vehera was either renovated to build during the first century BCE. There are number of others inscriptions and ruins. By the 16th century the Kataragamadevio shrine at Katharagama had become one and the same with Skanda-Kumara who was a guardian deity of Sinhala Buddhism. The town was popular as a place of pilgrimage for Hindus from India and Sri Lanka by the 15 the century. The popularity of the deity at the Katharagama temple was also recorded by the Pali chronicles of Thailand such as Jinkalmali in the 16th century. There are number of legends both Buddhist and Hindu that attribute supernatural events to the very locality.

    Ruhunu Maha Kataragama Devalaya

    According to legendary history Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya was built by King Dutugemunu around 160 years B.C. in fulfillment of a vow to defeat King Elara in battle. It was endowed with large extent of land by King Dutugemunu for its maintenance and subsequent monarchs did likewise.The 'building is a simple structure of two apartments and with no embellishments or show of grandeur. It has not undergone any major structural alterations, during this long period of over 2,000 years since its construction. Rubeiro in his History of Ceylon says that 'four leagues inland from this spot (the salterns in Hambantota) is a Pagoda held in great reverence by the Grutiles; here are preserved the offerings which had been made for many ages, consisting of gold, jewels and precious stones, and 500 armed men are always maintained in its defence".This was in 1642 when Rubeiro was one of the 150 Portuguese and 2,000 Lascarins who made a vain attempt to locate this Pagoda and plunder its wealth, but "were forced to turn back the way we had come without effecting anything and without even seeing the Pagoda, which is called Catergao".

    Ruhunu Kataragama Maha Devalaya in Kataragama, Sri Lanka, is a Hindu and Buddhist temple complex dedicated to Skanda-Murukan also known as Kataragama deviyo. It is one of the few religious sites in Sri Lanka that is venerated by the majority Sinhala Buddhists, minority Hindu Tamils, Muslims and the Vedda people. It is a collection of modest shrines, of which the one dedicated to Skanda-Murukan, also known as Kataragama deviyo, is the most important. For most of the past millennia, it was a jungle shrine very difficult to access; today it is accessible by an all-weather road. Almost all the shrines and the nearby Kiri Vehera are managed by Buddhists, apart from shrines dedicated to Tevayani, Shiva (Siva) and the Muslim mosque. Up until the 1940s a majority of the pilgrims were Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka and South India, who undertook an arduous pilgrimage on foot. Since then most pilgrims tend to be Sinhala Buddhists, and cult of Kataragama deviyo has become the most popular amongst the Sinhalese people.

    A number of legends and myths are associated with the deity and the location, differing by religion, ethnic affiliation and time. These legends are changing with the deities' burgeoning popularity with Buddhists, as the Buddhist ritual specialists and clergy try to accommodate the deity within Buddhist ideals of non-theism. With the change in devotees, the mode of worship and festivals has changed from that of Hindu orientation to one that accommodates Buddhist rituals and theology. It is difficult to reconstruct the factual history of the place and the reason for its popularity amongst Sri Lankans and Indians based on legends and available archeological and literary evidence alone, although the place seems to have a venerable history. The lack of clear historic records and resultant legends and myths fuel the conflict between Buddhists and Hindus as to the ownership and the mode of worship at Kataragama.

    The priests of the temple are known as Kapuralas and are believed to be descended from Vedda people. Veddas, too, have a claim on the temple, a nearby mountain peak and locality through a number of legends. There is a Muslim mosque and a few tombs of Muslim pious men buried nearby. The temple complex is also connected to other similar temples in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka dedicated to Murukan which are along the path of pilgrimage from Jaffna in the north to Kataragama in the south of the island; Arunagirinathar traversed this pilgrimage route in the 1400s.The vicinity of the temple complex is used for secretive practices of sorcery and cursing peculiar to Sri Lanka. The entire temple complex was declared a holy place by the government of Sri Lanka in the 1950s; since then political leaders have contributed for its maintenance and upkeep.

    Kirinda Ancient Temple

    Kirinda is a small village basking in the southern province of Sri Lanka is situated 36 kilometers from Gestupana Lake View, It has become one of the most venerated places of Buddhism. The beautiful beach and the temple built on the huge rock boulder on Kirinda beach are the main attractions of Kirinda. In fact you have to climb a stair lead up to the temple.While mentioning about the serenity you can experience, a beautiful out look to the Indian Ocean can be enjoyed. Many travelers are attracted to see this panoramic view recently. It is believed that the Kirinda is the place where Princess Vihara maha devi landed after being set coastward.

    In order to hammer out her father, King Kelanitissa's sin of killing a Bhikku Prince Vihara maha devi sacrificed her life to the sea. King kelanitissa murdered a monk by putting in to an oil cauldron. It is said that the sea overflew to the country due to the sin done by the king. Therefore Princess Vihara maha devi decided to sacrifice her life to the ocean. But she was recovered by King kavantissa (205 BC–161 BC) who was the ruler of Ruhunu kingdom at that time. King Kavantissa married the princess and governed the kingdom.They had 2 sons. The elder son is the 'Dutugemunu' who became a great king of our nation later. Even today we can see the monument constructed to commemorate the incident. So many devotees and tourists visit the temple every day. At the corner of this rock boulder you can see a small Hindu shrine. Hundreds of pilgrims and devotes visit the temple to worship Buddha. Kirinda temple is an ideal place to away from the hustle bustle of the city. Close to the Kirinda temple is a basses of reefs. Gradually scuba divers are diving in this area.

    Mudunagala Hot Springs

    Madunagala hot springs will be a monumental experience that you may ever have before. It is a beautiful creation of nature situated in madunagala hermitage in Southern province of Sri Lanka. It is situated 63 kilometers from Gestupana Lake View,The place is open from 7.00 a.m – 7.00 p.m. In rainy seasons the hot springs shoot about 65cubic meters per second. You can see five hot springs covered with a basin or a stone tank.

    People believe that this water has an unbelievable power to cure skin diseases as well as eye diseases. Simultaneously the monks resided at nearby hermitages and cave temples are attempted to have baths here instead of healing skin eczemas and rhematic injuries. Even today devotees believe that baths energize them. They strongly believe that their skin diseases or rashes can be vanished by bathing.

    Sir. Leonard Woolf, who was an assistant government agent, has indicated that he also visited Madunagala hot springs. Somehow if you could visit the place in early in the morning you can see many varieties of birds in the sky. First the pure hot water are collected into a large basin and mixed with cool water. Thereby mid tempered water are flew into the closer basins made for visitors. Eventually you can enjoy and smear natural hot water.A small aquarium and few cages made for a number of birds and rabbits can be seen at Madunagala hot water springs site. Being attracted by many visitors, the location is comprised with western toilets, changing rooms and small shops made for them. By the way you can have a 'Belimal' tea or a 'Ranawara' tea from the local stalls in the area. As a matter of fact you can buy traditional Sri lankan rice meals like 'heenati', 'Suwandel' and 'Kekulu' varieties of Rice. Mudunagala Hot water springs are monitored by Southern Province Tourism Board.

    Madunagala Hermitage is constructed on a scenic rock boulder covered by a thick jungle. Although you can see several caves shaded to the monks and few pools whereas provided pure water for monks. The forest is lovely home to wild elephants, bears, deers etc.

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