Kirinda, known as the town of wildlife, is a small port located on the south coast of Sri Lanka about 270 km from the city of Colombo and about 10km radius from the south of the ancient old religious city, Tissamaharama.

Kirinda is a small town in Kataragama - Tissamaharama road about 10 km from Tissamaharama. Most of the people miss this beautiful place since this is little away from the main road. 

Visited by many pilgrim and tourists and naturalists alike, Kirinda is a beautiful place which welcomes you all throughout the year. The ancient temple which attracts the pilgrims, is sited atop a rocky outcrop from which one can obtain magnificent views of the desolate coast with its long stretch of sand dunes and the ocean beyond. On a clear day the light house on the Great Basses reef appears like a needle in the far distance.

This is an important part of Sri Lankan history. Where our great queen Vihara maha devi landed. I love the fact that it's lovely to stay on the rock & watch the sea & you can even climb down to the beach. It could get a bit crowded so morning might be the best time to visit.


Kirinda Raja Maha Viharaya
With the atmosphere of its magnificent setting aside the sea, Kirinda is the appropriate setting of one of those popular legends that constitute early Sri Lankan history. Legend recounts that Kirinda was the place where Princess Viharamaha Devi drifted ashore after being sacrificed to the sea to atone for her father’s, King Kelanitissa, sacrilegious act of killing a monk by putting him in a cauldron of boiling oil. After receiving the Princess, King Kavantissa, who was the ruler of Ruhuna at that time, married the young princess and the couple eventually had 2 sons. Dutugemunu, the eldest son of Viharamahadevi became one of the legends in Sri Lankan history.

Bundala National Park 
is 16km (30 mins) away and it’s an important wetland habitat for many migratory birds. Bundala is a much quieter park in comparison to Yala but equally interesting. Basic camping option can be done inside park.

Weerawila Bird Sanctuary
Weerawila is a birder’s delight. Its tropical climate and relative isolation is responsible for the amazingly diverse bird life that attracts more than 400 species. Almost 200 migrant species descend on the country having flown south for the winter. Some, like the sandpipers and plovers, come from as far north as the arctic tundra. Within a two-week trip you can easily see all 33 endemic birds along with at least 200 species.

Sithulpawwa Raja Maha Viharaya
Sithulpawwa rock temple is historically significant and identified as one of the greatest 2nd century sites of Buddhist scholarship. With a history of over 2200 years, this is an ancient place of worship in the Hambantota district. The modern name Sithulpawwa is derived from the ancient ‘Cittalpabbata’, ‘The hill of the quiet mind’. It is said that in the 1st century AD as many as 12,000 Arahants lived here (monks that have achieved the highest mind level in Buddhism). Unlike the great monasteries in Anuradhapura and other towns, life at Sithulpawwa was hard and a monk or nun lived there only if they were interested in silence and solitude.