Mulkirigala Rock Monastery refers to a collection of ancient Buddhist cave temples situated on a craggy rock in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Surrounded by lush green forest, there are seven rock caves perched on five terraced levels of varying altitudes. These include the Lower Terrace (Patha Maluwa), Bo Tree Terrace (Bodhi Maluwa), the Great King's Temple Terrace (Raja Maha Vihara Maluwa), Upper Bo Tree Terrace (Uda Bodhi Maluwa), and Chetiya Terrace (Chaitya Maluwa).
All of the levels are reached via well-paved granite pathways and many steps. Along the way, you’ll see reclining, seated, and standing Buddhas images, as well as elaborate religious wall paintings within the caves. Further up, perched at the summit some 205 meters above sea level (and having climbed more than 500 steps), you’ll find a small dagoba, not to mention some incredible views over the surrounding forests.
The Mulkirigala Rock Monastery can be reached by following the Beliatta-Weeraketiya main road and turning off at Mulkirigala Junction; the temple is situated around two kilometers from here. There are bus services that run via Beliatta or Weeraketiya from Tangalle. Alight at Mulkirigala Junction and either walk or get a tuk tuk to the Mulkirigala Rock Monastery.