The ancient Buddhist monastery Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya was built in the 2nd century BC and means ‘hill of the quiet mind’. Nestled deep within the lush landscape of Yala National Park, it makes for a scenic backdrop against the monastery which sits atop a 400-foot high volcanic rock. Sithupawwa has strong significance for Buddhists as it was where devoted worshipers went and it was also a centre of Buddhist scholarship. It is said that 12,000 monks achieved enlightenment in this place or worship.
Wandering around Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya is a delight as you can find a number of rock caves where monks used to live, pagodas, chapter houses, and ponds. This truly unique experience is highlighted with all the animals you can spot around the monastery.
Sithulpawwa Rajamaha Viharaya is tucked away in Yala National Park. Have your hotel organize a tour to Sitthulpawwa and enjoy the views of Yala from the top of the rock.