Yapahuwa Rock Temple – Breathtaking Kingdom of Solitary Staircase, Sri Lanka
Yapahuwa Rock Temple is a magnificent place that offers its visitors a serene and calm feeling with its solitary staircase that stands up to the sky.
The story of Yapahuwa rewinds back to 1272 where the King Bhuvenakabahu has bought the capital, which was in Polonnaruwa at that time, to Yapahuwa. He has bought the Sacred Tooth Relic with him and established the new Kingdom here. However, after the king’s death in 1284, the Kingdom got abandoned and inhabited by monks. Yapahuwa was built on a huge rock boulder resembling the shape of the world-famous rock, Sigiriya. It was a palace and a military stronghold against invaders who came to capture the Sacred Tooth Relic.
You can witness a small beautiful temple on the way to rock fortress, which is addressed as Yapahuwa Rajamaha Viharaya. There are many caves discovered that was used to have a shrine with Buddha images and Brahmi script inscription. The temple is easily reachable from the main road and one should not miss visiting this breathtaking Kingdom to acknowledge the proud yet isolated history of this unique palace that used to be a major place in this country once.