Thiriyai Temple

Perched atop a 212-foot rock, the ruins of the most ancient Buddhist Dagaba in Sri Lanka – the Girihandu Seya – offers you a stunning 360-degree view of the surrounding countryside and the old seaport of the Jaffna Kingdom – Thiriyai.

Steeped in folklore, this tranquil dagaba is revered by Buddhists, as it is believed to enshrine a hair from the Lord Buddha himself.

  • Time of Departure – 3:30pm
  • Duration – Two hours including 45-minute drive to and from the location
  • Distance – 20 km
  • What is included – Transport to the Thiriyai Temple and back, and water bottles
  • What to bring/wear – Comfortable, cool clothes which are suitable for hiking and a temple visit, a sunhat, gym shoes, and your camera
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