Kataragama Pada Yatra in Yala 2015

Pāda Yātrā: Foot Pilgrimage from Jaffna to Kataragama

Pada Yatra 2005 at Sambalteevu near Trincomalee
Click to view Pada Yatra map at full size
Route of the traditional two-month pada yatra from Jaffna to Kataragama. Click on map to view at full size.

The traditional two month long Pada Yatra or foot pilgrimage from Jaffna to Kataragama annually in May-June-July is neither a peace march nor a political rally, but a traditional procession of village devotees who represent the rural voice of Sri Lanka.

The Pada Yatra tradition is an essential part of Lanka's multi-cultural ethos. The Yatra begins with pilgrims moving from one sacred site to another, with their numbers growing as the Yatra progresses. Over 30,000 pilgrims walked the final leg through Yala National Park in 2004.


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Trailer video of 'Haro Hara: Pilgrimage to Kataragama' filmed on location in Sri Lanka in 2003
View the trailer to video documentary
Haro Hara: Pilgrimage to Kataragama, filmed on location in Sri Lanka from June through August 2003. The film follows a growing band of Tamil Hindu pilgrims through towns, villages, fields and jungles as they travel to Kataragama.