Kataragama is the most blessed of towns as it is a convincing blend of grandeur and parade, devotion and religious extravagance. Alongside Adam's Peak (Sri Pada), Kataragama is the most significant journey site in Sri Lanka; a sacred spot for Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Veddah individuals.
As the most amazing of legends ends up strong facts and enchantment skims in clouds of fragrance.The shrine to Kataragama Deviyo is believed to be built by King Dutugamunu in the second century B.C, but the site is thought to have been significant for even longer In July and August, the Kataragama Festival draws a great many explorers. Aside from celebration time, the town is busiest at ends of the week and on poya (full moon) days. It's easily accessed from Tissa. Kiri Vehera was built by King Mahasena on the ground where Lord Buddha meditated. Its situated in close proximity to the Kataragama Devalaya. As the Kiri Vehera Dagoba is one of the “Solosmasthana”, that is the 16 pilgrimage sites of importance to worship in Sri Lanka, it is one of the frequently visited dagobas by the Buddhists. Kataragama is visited throughout the year as the Sri Lankan Buddhists believe that it is a holly place blessed by Buddha. Kataragama is visited once a year in order to obtain the blessings of ‘God Kataragama’, who is supposed to be the guardian of the Buddhism in Sri Lanka.