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Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dambulla

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Must see · World heritage site · Cave · Religious Site
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Visit the ancient complex of Golden Temple of Dambulla, a series of cave temples and a World Heritage Site. Step 22 centuries back in time as you explore the caves, carved in the side of the 150 m (492 ft) tall Dambulla Rock, overlooking the surrounding flatlands. Roaming the historic place of worship, you’ll encounter 157 statues, most of which are of Buddha, as well as countless vibrant murals depicting scenes from the life of the founder of Buddhism. To visit Golden Temple of Dambulla and other attractions in Dambulla, use our Dambulla trip builder app.
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  • Large Buddhist temple and surrounding buildings and ground. There are unique Sri Lankan styled architecture and paintings. Make sure when you enter shoulders and knees are covered. 
    Large Buddhist temple and surrounding buildings and ground. There are unique Sri Lankan styled architecture and paintings. Make sure when you enter shoulders and knees are covered.  more »
  • We visited Dambula cave temple in our road trip in Sri Lanka. We both were speechless by the beauty and the uniqueness of the temple. Beautiful Buddha statues that are made out of natural rock... 
    We visited Dambula cave temple in our road trip in Sri Lanka. We both were speechless by the beauty and the uniqueness of the temple. Beautiful Buddha statues that are made out of natural rock...  more »
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  • The cave sanctuary complex, which includes more than 150 Buddha statues and hundreds of colorful paintings, is a special experience. The first of the five large caves is said to be 2,500 years old, but the colors and shapes have been perfectly preserved under the influence of minimal light. Its approach here also begins with a multi-step climb, but it is worth the scenic sight. The caves and the lush green vegetation that surrounds them are a stunning contrast, and the rushing but non-aggressive monkeys make the place hilarious. Unfortunately, admission here is also expensive at 2000 RPs.
  • This is must visit attraction in Sri Lanka. The hike to the caves is exciting and the views from top are mesmerizing. The cave temple is serene and calm offering plethora of Lord Buddha statues in different forms and positions. The golden temple at lower level was equally good. Good luck!

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