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Kataragama Perahera Festival

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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
Very busy, and a great spectacle

There are many religious festivals in Sri Lanka, but few will be as well attended and large as this... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
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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

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

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.

Thank Pedro S
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Annette H
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

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

4  Thank Matteo T
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.

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.

2  Thank folker_lamote
Reviewed 8 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.

Thank Romenco
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Absolutely loved the experience! The lights, sounds, and people are great! A must see and don't miss while in Kataragama! Please do some research and read up on Kataragama, it will make the festival that much more meaningful.

1  Thank Louderthanbomb
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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 😊