Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
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Mulgirigala Is call as small sigiriya . it is situated just 15 KM far from tangalle . one of king was control the big rock long time ago . now its call mulgirigala Rajamaha viharaya.
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Blommekind
Cape Town Central, South Africa77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Beautiful temple to visit and one that is important to Buddhist faith. There are many stairs to climb to go up but you dont need to be super fit to make it.
The views from up top is worth it!
I got a guide who was lovely and friendly but shared very little information with me and kept repeating the same facts. He became unfriendly when I tipped him saying its too little. Would have been nice to have a knowledgable guide as I am sure there is a lot to learn and see here.
Written March 26, 2023
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Dingo_6152
Fremantle, Australia2,040 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
This temple is about a 30min tuk tuk ride (25km) from Tangalle but is definitely worth visiting if you are in the area. Make sure you go in the afternoon as any other time and you'll be out in the hot sun.
At the entrance there is a small museum, which is quaint but probably not worth the visit. If you ignore the caretaker and proceed up the stairs you'll reach the entrance - Rs500 per person. When you arrive you'll also have lots of people trying to sell you flowers for offerings and there will be an occasional guide selling his services. I think that it was better and more relaxing to explore this site on your own.
You then climb more stairs to a group of rock caves, need to take of your shoes & hats and women should have their legs covered - for a small donation you'll receive a blessing & a white string bracelet. Climb the stairs to the top and there's a small temple - which for another small donation you get another string bracelet.
The rock caves all have Buddhist shrines, which immediately remind me of the rock temple at Dambulla but only a fraction of the people - when we were there, there was just over half a dozen people visiting the entire site. The caves have numerous statues of Buddha and amazing murals on the ceiling. The stair climbs are reminiscent of Sigiriya but there is only about 500 steps so it's not too strenuous. The views over the surrounding countryside is equally impressive.
It is one of those few must visit places if you are in the area - you'll be pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and unspoilt it is.
Written January 6, 2016
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lahiru c
Tangalle3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
The Mulkirigala Raja Maha Viharaya is situated at Mulkirigala in the district of Hambantota. That is 21 km from Tangalle. So we'll call this temple as Little Sigiriya at Mulkirigala. Let's start the journey to Mulkirigala.
Written December 23, 2015
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Anya L
Odesa, Ukraine40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Couples
We've made one day trip from Tallala beach to Rekawa Lagoon, Mulkurigala, Blow Hole and Dickwella. The Monastery is a diamond of this trip.
Google maps show good road to choose, if some questions - ask locals about TEMPLE and they will show the way. Upon arrival we bought about 6 lotus flowers from locals for about 20 rupees, which is a good price. Also some boy started to offer his service as a guide, he wanted 2000 rupees, we gave 500 for 2 person and I might say that we laughed a lot because he knows only about 20 words in English like toilet, Buddha sleeping, meditation, legs, eyes, elephant and repeats them in each room. So I suggest to walk around this beautiful place with professional guide or alone with guide book. You will enjoy beautiful views, incredible paintings and sculptures, feel the spirit of buddhism. Don't forget to take some water because you will have to climb lots of steps on the top.
Written December 9, 2014
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Ian W
Montreal, Canada338 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
We are very independent travelers and are used at organising things ourselves. This temple is amazing with 6 reclining Buddhas in caves that have been painted over 300 years ago. We decided to take a guide at the bottom of the steps to get detailed explanations and history about the sites. Unfortunately we paid 1000 rupees for a one hour tour. This was a total rip off as most guides simply walk you up the steps identifying some trees and giving you little information about the statues and painting. A total waste of money! Do not take a guide, no matter how much you are quoted!
Nevertheless, this place is a must-see attraction. Beautiful.
Written July 23, 2019
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chinaharmony
Tangalle, Sri Lanka67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Mulgirigala temple caves were first built in the 3 century BC;built on a 205 m (673 ft) high natural rock, surrounded with another four rocks known as Benagala, Kondagala, Bisogala and Seelawathiegala, the temple site is located about 2 km (1.2 mi) from the Mulkirigala junction and can be reached from either Dikwella or Tangalle towns.
With its beautiful frescoes is a must if you stay in Tangalle and nearby areas.From the top you can have an amazing view until the southern coast, spacing from the paddy fields and the lush coconut plantation.
Written September 28, 2018
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Robyn S
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
The temples and views themselves are amazing and understandably one of thee most popular things to see in Sri Lanka. Don’t miss it!

Sadly, it has obviously become a way to weasel a lot of money out of tourists, and the 1-hour visit become unnecessarily expensive. The 500lkr entrance fee per person is more than fair, but only half way up the cliff did our tour guide (that we never asked for) tell us that he would cost 4,000 rupees on top of this and that it was compulsory to buy flowers to give to Buddha and to donate money at many other points of thee tour. The tour itself was not at all informative (here said about 3 sentences just over and over again and then pointed at the viewing spot, then said the tour was over). It might sound a bit tight! But we’ve had some amazing and highly informative tours around temples in Sri Lanka which were included in the entrance price (for which we would then have the choice to give a tip at the end, which we always would!), and the quality of this tour, in hindsight, made this feel like quite a scam.
Written January 23, 2018
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Sandini W
Colombo, Sri Lanka80 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
Amazing hiking experience to the top, and view from the top is breathtaking!
Must see if you go to Tangalle.
Avoid Poya (full moon) days as very crowded due to religious activities.
Average physical strength would do and there are plenty of places to rest, also several tiers. Good family excursion. We went with our three and half year old and he managed to the top by himself with little help and rest in between.
Late afternoon is the best time to go.
Written January 15, 2017
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Yuliya Yu
Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Solo
Easy to go by public bus.
Take a bus on the Tangalle busstation to Beliata, then change bus to Mulkirigala rock.
30+35 minutes, 22+25 rupees.
Entrance ticket 500 Rs.
Amazing place! Looks like small Sygiriya rock and painting as in Dambulla temple. But cheap tickets and less tourist.
Written December 30, 2015
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Simone281
Dubai, United Arab Emirates68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
We read the reviews on this monastery before we went so we knew what we were in for. I really don't know why the lady shoved flowers in the tuk tuk as soon as we pulled up because she was the only one selling them and the guide was painful too, giving out unwanted advice before he offered his services, we decided not to use the guide.

We entered the gates now on our own and found the friendly ticketing office and we were on our way. 500lkr per person. The caves are on two levels, left of the ticket office and the ones on the right, we decided to do the climb on the right first. The stairs are generally small and steep but there is a thin railing to hold on to.

The cave is in good condition, there are 3 rooms and a man outside the first who seemed to be selling guidebooks. When we exited the man asked us if we wanted a bracelet, for 100lkr as he wraps the material around your right wrist will chanting a blessing and sends you to the Buddha Room on the right. After visiting the room we discovered more steps.

The next climb took us to the stupa at the top of the rock, the views are ok, covered by trees and nothing but trees in the distance. From here we found direct stairs to the midway point, hold on to the railing because it is steep and I had to put my feet sideways on the steps (thankful that I wore my running shoes).

The rooms near the ticket office are almost on the same level as the office (3 steps) and right behind the office so you should do it (we had children who said they couldn't walk any further but this was doable). The monkeys were in the trees outside these rooms while we were there. The steps near these caves also take you to the toilets down below (all squat type).

We purchased water from the vendor in the car park, nothing cold though. There were only a few people visiting the monastery on the day we went so it was pleasant and the caves are in good condition.
Written July 25, 2015
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