Yahangala Rock Temple has histories dating back to the 1st century BC and was considered an honoured and holy place where arhats – perfect people who have reached nirvana – lived back in ancient times. The shape of the temple is uncommon – a bubble – which is what makes it so unique; the term for a bubble-shaped dagoba is ‘bubulakara’.
Beautiful scenery surrounds the rock temple. On the western side of Yahangala you will find the ocean, the Malala lagoon lays on the southwestern side, and the sacred mountains of Kataragama can be seen on the east.
Yahangala Rock Temple is just north of Bundala National Park. Opt to make a small detour to explore Yahangala after your tour of Bundala.