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.
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