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Kataragama Perahera Festival

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City tour with Ravindra

Kataragma is a very important religious location for its Festival, but also for the permanent... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2019
Silvana P
Gargnano, Italy
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It was the day of the last "Randoli Perahera" in Katharagama. The traffic built up from... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 26 January 2019

Kataragma is a very important religious location for its Festival, but also for the permanent existence of several sacred places of different religious rites. With the tuk tuk of Ravindra and his deep knowledge of places we visited them all effectively, partecipated to a significant...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Silvana P
Reviewed 9 August 2018

It was the day of the last "Randoli Perahera" in Katharagama. The traffic built up from Tissamaharama and at a few places on the way, due to "dan sal" (free food stalls). It took us 7hrs to get to Katharagama from Colombo, even after leaving...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank 1LifeStand
Reviewed 9 August 2018

There are many religious festivals in Sri Lanka, but few will be as well attended and large as this one. Made even more interesting by the fact that so many make a pilgrimage there from the north of the island, so this means many hundreds...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jackie0nHoliday
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

15 days of flavor. Great dance performances with elephants, fire torches and drums. Looks like i stepped in the past. Local food and tea is lovely. Only once a year.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank KruPedroSolana
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Recommend - an interesting evening at the festival. Great show with holy Elephant and dancers with different costumes

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

A must visit for everyone around the island, whether your a tourist or a local. The festivities take place every day from 13-28th July 2018 And is free of charge and open to all. Ideal place to witness the cultural diversity and richness of Sri...More

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank Sajini J
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

All religion are present wearing whites. It's not a tourist show. Most people arrive here by walking. It's like the compostela trail. Even during the war there was a cease fire to let pilgrams pass by unarmed. If a God exist this is a proof...More

Date of experience: January 2018
4  Thank C9075EZmatteot
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

Such a wonderful spectacular. Lots of amazing dancing and bands. Enhanced by beautiful elephants. I’m Definitely returning to see this amazing event another time with my family and friends.

Date of experience: December 2017
3  Thank InternationalAnnie
Reviewed 19 August 2017

The festival itself is a dazzling mix of music, dance, fire and pimped elephants. Impressive to see. But al least equally amazing is to see how pilgrims are camping on the temple site, sleeping on the ground and bathing in the river.

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank folker_lamote
Reviewed 7 August 2017

One of the best and must see cultural and religious event in Sri Lanka. This procession is held in every July-August months.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Romenco
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Response from Sajini J | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. Usually if you want to go inside the temple best to wear something long, and with short sleeves. Some people wear white outfits but you can wear anything that’s coloured as long as it’s not too exposing 😊