Spanning a history of 2000 years, Sithulpawwa Raja Maha Vihara (Temple) is one of the significant Buddhist sites in the Southern province. It is believed to be built for arahat monks (monks that reached highest states of mind) practicing meditation. In addition, a monastic college to practice Buddhist education. The stupa was build by King Kavantissa and the temple once housed 12,000 arahat monks.
The surrounding blending with nature brings a peaceful atmosphere and silence. Inside Sithulpawwa there are caves, ponds, scripts, ruins and paintings.