Kataragama is one of the 16 principal places of Buddhist pilgrimage to be visited in Sri Lanka. According to the chronicle of Sri Lankan history the Mahawamsa, when the Bo-sapling or pipal tree sapling under which Gotama Buddha attained enlightenment in North India was brought to the city of Anuradhapura 2,300 years ago, the warriors or Kshatriyas from Kataragama were present on the occasion to pay homage and respect.
Tamil Hindus of Sri Lanka and South India refer to the place as Katirkamam and it has a famous Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Katirkaman. The presiding Deity is Lord Murugan or Skanda.
See more places in katharagama as, Tissa is ancient dagobas set amidst lush green paddyfields, Kataragama Perehara in July or August, Bird watching in Bundala National Park, Wild elephants and elephant orphanage near Uda Walawe, Maligawila Buddha statues, Buduruwagala’s ancient rock sculptures .