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Buttala

Buttala, South Coast, Sri Lanka.
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For some Sri Lankan wildlife and adventure visit Buttala. Located six hours away from the capital Colombo Buttala offers an interesting base for those visiting Yala National Park and is a perfect place for some extreme relaxation away from the city life. The nature that surrounds Buttala will give you a calm ambience. According to legend this area was actually a defense base during the reign of King Dutugemunu and was teeming with soldiers that protected it and therefore Buttala is an important cultural, historical location in addition to its being the leading eco tourist destination.

Any visitor to Buttala will be awed by the landscape of abandoned chena fields and irrigation tanks. The woods in the area are mostly dry thorny scrub jungle. There are many trees and tropical woods such ebony in this area. For those looking for some history there are a few ruins that were built during the Ruhuna kingdom and there are a few peaceful Buddhist temples where one can meditate such as Dolapeela Vihara which contains an 800 year old Bodhi tree and a moonstone. However the most important attraction of all in Buttala in the Yala National Park, known as one of the most famous national parks in Sri Lanka. It is famous for its wild elephants and numerous leopards. In addition it is possible to spot sloth bears and other forms of wild life. It is a crucial place for all bird lovers too.

The area around Buttala is wild and rural. It is not what you call a modern city or modern village by any means. The only entertainment found would be the entertainment provided by the hotel. Buttala itself besides a few ruins and temples does not offer much sightseeing however Buttala is a perfect base to explore the wonders of the Yala National Park. Another place to explore using Buttala as a base is the holy shrine of Kataragama. A sacred site for Hindu’s and Buddhists in devotion to Lord Kataragama many Sri Lankans and tourists make the pilgrimage and have been doing so for centuries. Find wildlife and peace in this natural haven known as Buttala

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