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Moneragala is located 252 km away from Colombo. It is the main town in the Moneragala district of Sri Lanka and the 2nd largest out of the 25 districts in Sri Lanka. Moneragala is a wonderful location for nature adventures, and being an agricultural district, Moneragala boasts an abundance of paddy, sugar cane, fruits and vegetables.

Attractions


Maligawila

Maligawila is a village in the Moneragala district that is famous for its giant 7th century Buddha statue. This impressive monument was found broken in the year 1951 but was restored back to its ancient glory in 1980. The statue is carved out of pure limestone rock and stands at an imposing height of 14.5 meters, making it the tallest free standing Buddha image in Sri Lanka.

Maligawila

Buduruwagala

An ancient Buddhist temple, Buduruwagala temple consists of seven statues that date back to the 10th century. The word ‘Buduruwagala’ means ‘the rock with the statue of Buddha’ and seven figures are carved in this rock with a huge statue of Buddha in the centre. The rock has the shape of an elephant kneeling with its head down and the Buddha statue stands at a height of 51 feet. The statue still bears traces of a stuccoed robe and a long streak of orange, which suggests that the statue was once brightly painted.

Buduruwagala

Dematamal Viharaya

With a history dating back to the 2nd or 3rd century BC, Dematamal Viharaya is situated in the midst of a vast stretch of paddy fields. The viharaya was built by King Saddatissa and the complex includes archeological ruins and a stupa built out of bricks. Other ruins of this temple include guard stones, pillars, stone steps, an image house and a series of meditation cells.

Galabedda

The remains of an old palace complex, dating back to the 12th century AD, lie at the village of Galabedda and the site includes ramparts and moats too. The highlight of this attraction is the pool in the palace garden, which is a masterpiece of ancient Sinhalese architecture. The pool is created out of solid rock and the water flows in through the mouth of the Makara, a mythical creature.

Kebiliththa Devalaya

Kebiliththa Devalaya, also known as Siyambalawa Devalaya, is a very sacred place for both, Buddhists and Hindus. Devotees of God Kataragama from many parts of the world come to visit this Devalaya to gain the blessings of God throughout the rest of the year.

Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya

Located in the Moneragala district, Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya was built in the 2nd century by King Kavantissa. It is in this temple that the King married Princess Vihara Maha Devi. The foundations of the Magul Viharaya from where the wedding ceremony was conducted can still be seen in the temple premises. The entire complex of this temple covers an area of 10,000 acres and consists of ruins of a palace, monastery, moonstone, stupas and ponds. The moonstone here is the most unique one in Sri Lanka because it is the only place in which elephants are carved with its mahouts in the moonstone.

Udawalawe National Park

A beautiful mosque that contains the tombs of two Muslim saints, Ul-Khizr Mosque is famous among locals and tourists for its colored tile works and wooden lintels.

Udawalawe National Park

Buddama Raja Maha Viharaya

Buddama is a rural village in Moneragala and the temple is located in a beautiful backdrop. The history of the Buddama Raja Maha Viharaya can be traced back to the pre-Christian era. Some remains of this temple include an ancient cave, image house and a number of drip ledge caves. The most unique feature of this temple site is the ‘Weli Peella’, which is a sand board built during the Kandyan kingdom that was used to teach letter writing in the ancient times.

Yudaganawa Temple

The Yudaganawa Temple has one of the largest stupas in Sri Lanka. With its 1,038 square feet circumference, this temple is the largest temple built in Sri Lanka and comprises of a stupa, monastic houses, bodhigara (a protective enclosure for the Bo Tree) and an image house, all dating back to the 12th century. The Buddha image at the temple belongs to the 6th century AD.

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Activities


Hiking & Trekking

There are plenty of adventure trails in Moneragala that are ideal for hiking and trekking. From seasoned paths that stretch through hills to the quiet calm of the jungle, trekking in Moneragala is a delightful experience where visitors can explore the endemic flora and fauna of the region.

Meditation

Moneragala is a popular retreat in the hill country region for those who wish to meditate. The open skies, sound of birds and the peaceful silence surrounding the region makes Moneragala a perfect location for serene meditation. Visitors can also meditate in the small caves in the region and swim in the cool mountain springs afterwards.

Bird Watching

Moneragala is an agricultural city that is blessed with natural tanks and paddy fields, making it a wonderful location for bird watching. A variety of endemic and migratory birds can be seen here.

Rock Climbing

Climbing up the Peacock Rock is an exhilarating activity. The densely forested summit of the rock gives rock climbers an excellent view of the surrounding areas.

Wildlife Safari

Moneragala has an abundance of wildlife and visitors can see elephants, deer, elk, peacocks, wild boars, barking deers and porcupines on a wildlife safari tour.

Swimming

Being a hill country region, Moneragala has some amazing clear mountain springs. Although the springs are generally small, it is a beautiful place for visitors to enjoy bathing in water streams and springs.

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Shopping & Styling

Moneragala is quite a cultural city that has plenty of markets and small stalls, selling everything from food to souvenirs. There are plenty of small stalls selling Sri Lankan handicrafts and purchasing these treasures are a great souvenir.

Food Tasting

Being an agricultural town, Moneragala has an abundance of food, with rice, sugar cane and cocoa plantations being the most popular ones. As with most cities in Sri Lanka, the food in Moneragala infuses the traditional Sri Lankan flavours, but the most popular dining option here is rice, which can be tasted in various styles.

Weather

The climate in Moneragala is classified as tropical and the summer season is generally rainier than the colder seasons. The average temperature here is around 26 C.

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