The Golden Temple, Dambulla

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Visit the ancient complex of The Golden Temple, 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. Plan your The Golden Temple visit and explore what else you can see and do in Dambulla using our Dambulla trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Allows you to cycle through a tuk tuk to the ticket Office, otherwise you risk to have to do the stairs 2 x
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  • August 16, 2017
    Well maintained beautiful temples in a rock face. Well worth a visit. A small climb (small compared to the Lion Rock) to it. Bottle of water on the go is recommended because it is warm, but above it a pleasant breeze. Access, 1500 rp per person. Recommended; treat yourself to a King Coconut at the stand in the parking lot.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Stunning place, a hardy walk to get there. Amazing sculptures and very serene. Make sure you watch out for the monkeys, they will steal anything.  more »

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In recent years, Dambulla tourism has boomed among globetrotters, and the area now offers a variety of lodgings. Choose from pricey boutique hotels; inexpensive cottages, guesthouses, and inns; or backpackers' lodges around the bus station. Accommodations in Dambulla tend to follow the Kandy-Jaffna highway and Kandalama Road in congested areas, and four-star establishments cluster around the reservoir. Given that the World Heritage Site cave is pretty much the only attraction around, visitors tend to stay in the more relaxing areas of Kandy and Sigiriya nearby.
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