One of the most important pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka, the small southern town of Kataragama is a revered site of worship for Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims alike. Kataragama gained popularity in the 2nd century BC when King Dutugemunu built the shrine dedicated to the Kataragama Deviyo, God Skanda. The temple complex in Kataragama consists of a series of shrines dedicated to gods of various religions. The Maha Devalaya houses three main shrines, one for the Kataragama Deviyo, and the other two for the Hindu Gods Vishnu and Ganesha. You will also find many road side stalls selling you garlands and platters of religious offering with fruits such as coconut, watermelon and mango.