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Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
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Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Tangalle
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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49 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed November 5, 2013

We were staying at Amanwella and the recommended to visit Mulkirigala. Their description did not compare to actually seeing it! Our tour guide, Ihsan, was knowledgeable about the monastery itself and its history. They warned us there were a lot of steps to climb - take this seriously! There are several levels as you climb up the mountain, each with a manmade cave full with beautiful paintings (the colors are still so vivid) and massive Buddha statues. There is even a chest where an important scroll was discovered that enabled them to decipher some ancient books about the history of Sri Lanka. Once we reached the very top the view was breathtaking! It's impossible to capture on camera. My recommendation is to wear sneakers or sturdy walking shoes and loose flowing clothing as there are hundreds of steps. And worth every one.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Ashley B
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“0ver 700 steps, but so great that I didn't notice the pain!”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

I found full details of this amazing place in Rough Guide, and it sounded like a cross between Sigiriya and Dambulla. I was a bit sceptical about that, but it actually lived up to the hype! You approach it through a forested area, so it's quite a shock to suddenly see a huge grey rock looming high up way above the trees. It was Sunday, so the first thing I saw was several groups of children dressed in white, at Sunday School classes. This was a beautiful sight, and the children and teachers were happy to be photographed. Then we (myself and friendly tuktuk driver/guide), started up to the first level, and first rock temple. Very impressive, with Buddha images and wonderfully-painted walls and ceilings. More steps, and another level with even more to see, and after that, a third level! Finally to reach the very top, we climbed some incredibly steep tiny steps, more like a stone ladder. Actually we could have gone up by an easier staircase if we'd looked around, but the steep one was quite a thrill! On the very top of the rock there was just a ruined chamber and an enclosed bo tree, but the main interest was the amazing view in all directions. Well worth the climb, even for people not interested in temples! On the way down we were lucky enough to see some grey langurs, and then a very cheeky toque macaque who seemed to be striking a pose for my photos!

Visited October 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A must see”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

Our hotel, Buckingham Place (GO THERE), recommended a day trip here and it was just great - very few tourists, seven caves, lots of steps and amazing artwork. Our guide, Vijay, was just amazing - he was a wealth of information and seemed to really want to educate us on his country. He had previously worked in the office rat race like most of us, and quit his job to live a more peaceful life...the rest of us have gained something from his decision! We climbed, we learned and we paid a small fee to all get a Buddhist blessing. I'll take all the help I can get :-)

It was a great choice and I highly suggest it!

Visited April 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Little Sigirya”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

We decided at the last minute to go to Mulkirigala Rock. It was a delightful afternoon attraction. Having seen Sigirya and Dambulla, it was like a mini me conversion of both. Hiking up the steps, not so many and nice views, and rock paintings.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Lynne C
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
“Buddha lives here !”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

Very similar to Dumbulla rock Temple if not better. A mezzanine setting with 360' views of the jungle on top

Visited September 2013
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