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kebiliththa bo tree

The bo tree

Kebiliththa (Kabiliththa, Kebaliththa) also known as “Siyambalawa devalaya” is considered a very sacred place among both Buddhists and Hindus. Devotees of God Katharagama come to visit this place and get blessings of God throughout the year. Nowadays with the advancement of technology, more people get to know about this sacred place, thus Kebiliththa also attracts visitors from many parts of the world.


According to the ancient story, on a rainy day God Kataragama (Skanda Kumara) had met his future wife Walli Amma at this place near a tamarind tree (“siyambala” tree in Sinhalese), from which it derives its name “Siyambalawa devalaya”. Devotees believe that God Kataragama resides and meditates at this sacred land. Therefore it is highly advised that you must not visit Kebilithta for fun and it is strictly a religious journey. If you are planning to visit this sacred place, you should become a pure vegetarian and must not consume alcohol for a minimum of seven days prior to the journey. Because of the mystic powers of Kabiliththa, people who had disobeyed these practices have faced many obstacles on their way back home.


kebiliththa sacred area

The sacred area

Kebiliththa is situated in the heart of Yala National Park, Block IV and there are four main routes to visit Siyambalawa devalaya. However all of these routes are placed along the Yala jungle so it is not an easy ride for anyone. This extremely difficult drive not only requires a four-wheel drive vehicle with accessories such as winch, snatch belt, high lift jack, extra fuel etc., but also an experienced driver with four-wheel drive and mechanical skills. As you will be in the middle of a jungle, there won’t be any resting places to accommodate, so don’t forget to take your camping equipment and plenty of drinking water with you.


kebiliththa old tamarind tree

The old tamarind tree

Even with these difficult conditions, people still attempt to make their way to Kebaliththa as it is a journey one must complete at least once in a life time. If you prepare yourself correctly with the true faith and belief in God Kataragama, you could also visit this beautiful sacred land, Kebaliththa.


May you have the blessings of God Kataragama!

PS: We arrange trips to Kebiliththa on request throughout the year. If you wish to arrange this service, please call us on 0773539292 and we will let you know the availability.

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