Yatala Temple

Yatala Wehera, or Yatala Temple, is ancient Buddhist temple in Tissamaharama. It may be less touristy but it still carries significant historical significance. Built more than 2,000 years ago, it is believed that it was erected by King Yatala Thisa of Ruhuna to celebrate where he was born. Others believe that it was actually his father, King Mahanaga, that built the temple to celebrate the birth of his son.

Whatever the reason, it’s still a beautiful ancient relic to behold, especially for those with an interest in Buddhist history. The temple is surrounded by a moat covered with water lilies, and features a wall carved with elephant heads. You can also learn more about the history of the temple in the small museum on the side; it features ancient relics dating back to 2 B.C. If you’re lucky, you might be able to meet the museum’s curator who can explain the artifacts in more detail.

Yatala Wehera is located in Tissamaharama. After exploring the temple, opt to relax by Tissa Lake which is located right next door.