August 20, 2018

Yapahuwa served as the capital of Sri Lanka in the latter part of the 13th century, built around a huge granite rock rising abruptly almost a hundred meters above the surrounding lowlands lying midway between Kurunegala and Anuradhapura. It was a palace and military stronghold against foreign invaders and was home to the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha. Many traces of ancient can still be seen, while an ornamental stairway, the remains of a stupa on the rock, a Bodhi tree enclosure, and a rock shelter/cave used by Buddhist monks. There are several caves at the base of the rock.

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