This post is aimed at anyone that my find themselves in the south east, Kataragama / Tissamaharama ,, areas over the next week or so.
The festival at Kataragama is not so well known or publisized as the Kandy Festival but the origins go back at least as far in history and to many devotees it's the more important of the two with many pilgrims walking ( yes some still walk ) from all over Sri Lanka to attend.
Attending the festival should make a great addition to anyone being in tha Yala area for a safari.
Details are as below which I've copied over from the National News Agency.
Sunday, 11 July 2010 12:06
(Colombo Lankapuvath) The Annual Esala festival in Katharagama is scheduled to begin tomorrow (12) and the Final Randoli Perehara will parade the streets on the 25th of this month.
The festival is followed by the traditional fire walking ceremony which will be held in the 22nd of this month while the conclusion of the ceremony will be marked by the rituals commencing at the Menik ganga on the 26th.
A large number of devotees are expected to attend the festival due to the peaceful atmosphere in Sri Lanka says Basnayake Nilame of the Kataragama Maha Dewala Shasheendra Rajapakse.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Railway and Sri Lanka Transport Board have jointly organised a special transport service for the benefit of pilgrims. The service will operate from Monday the 12th to the 26th of July Special bus services will be available from Bandarawela to Kataragama and Matara to Kataragama.
I do know of one DE who would love to be there,, wouldn't you Sue?