Kataragama is an important pilgrimage travel destination in Sri Lanka, with some important religious tourist attractions. The town of Kataragama is holy for both Buddhists and Hindus, visited by tourists for its shrine dedicated to Kataragamadevio. Another important tourist attraction is its Buddhist stupa known as Kiri Vihara. Kataragama also becomes an important tourist destinations due to its closeness to Yala National park. The shrine of Kataragamadevio is visited by Sinhalese Buddhists, Tamil Hindus as well as Muslims and Christians.
Kataragama has hold important position since early times, being the capital of many Sinhalese kingdom. There is also a Hindu Kataragama festival that is organized here in July and August every year.