The Mulkirigala temple is situated sixteen kilometres north-west of Tangalle, a famous town for Sri Lanka luxury resorts. The temple is an ancient one and is situated close to some caves that have traces of ancient architecture and paintings.
The Caves and Temple
The Mulkirigala rock is about 700 ft higher than its surroundings and is made up of a system of cave temples that are terraced areas at different altitudes, and each has a significant placeholder like the Bo tree terrace or the king’s temple terrace. The lower terrace consists of seven caves. The temple is known to be the first place where a British official found Pali manuscripts that went on to be the translations of the Great Chronicle; or Mahavamsa which tells the history of Sri Lanka.
A Long History
The Bo tree is said to be one of the 32 saplings of the first Bo tree that was brought to Sri Lanka during the time of King Devanampiyatissa. The historical manuscripts claim that kings from as far back as the 3rd century were complicit in the temples built at Mulkirigala.
A Wonderful View
Mulkirigala Temple is just 20 km inland from Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, a very quick drive inland and well worth the visit. The dagoba is placed at the very top of the rock and offers beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
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