The historic Galapatha Raja Maha Vihara dates back to the 11th century.

In the stupa on the rock outcrop the Sacred Tooth Relic of Sri Anubuddha Maha Kasyapa Arahat is said to have been enshrined. The original image house was destroyed by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Stone inscriptions, stone carvings, ponds and carved pillars can be seen here.

The annual perahera (procession) conducted by the temple is held on a grand scale in August. It is a great tourist attraction, as the temple is located in the heart of the Bentota tourist complex.

Wanawasa Temple is an attractive place which can be reached by climbing a small hill. It is about 4-5 km from the main road. This is an ancient forest hermitage used by monks for meditation. There is a tunnel the inside of which is cold even on very hot days. The remains of old meditation halls and buildings can be seen here. This tunnel is said to have been linked by a network of tunnels with the other temples in the area.