Situated on the outskirts of Kurunegala, the Yapahuwa rock has a history dating back to the 13th Century. Yapahuwa was where the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha was originally kept. Yapahuwa is a unique and important site of interest containing historical remains of King Buvenekabahu’s (1273-1284) kingdom. The city was enclosed with a wall and a moat to protect the palace. At the summit a cave temple was inhabited by monks.
‘Yapahuwa Lion’ stone sculpture, has been compared to a small Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The remarkable stairway up to the royal palace is remarkable. The vistas of the surrounding area are breathtaking.