Yapahuwa is famed for the rock fortress and the stone lion.
Yapahuwa is a 300ft rock fortress that was once home to Buddha’s Sacred Tooth Relic and also the capital of Sri Lanka during the reign of King Buvenekabahu (1273-1284 AD). It is often scaled as an alternative to climbing Sigiriya. The rock kingdom was heavily guarded with a moat and a high-rise wall.
The Yapahuwa stone Lion sits smiling at its visitors while an amazing stone stairway revives evidence of an entrance to the King’s fortress, which was also his royal palace. A cave temple, the Yapahuwa Raja Maha Vihara was built by the king for monks at the rock’s summit.
Recent archaeological excavations uncovered remnants of Chinese ceramics and it is believed that the King may have had ties with China.
Yapahuwa is just three miles from Kurunegala; a scenic walk would be a great to experience the countryside or public transport is always an option.