Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana

Dambulla cave temple (Sinhalese: Dam̆būlū Len Vihāraya, Tamil Tampuḷḷai Poṟkōvil) also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres (92 mi) east of Colombo , 72 kilometres (45 mi) north of Kandy and

43 km (27 mi) north of Matale

Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha's first sermon.

Prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as there are burial sites with human skeletons about 2700 years old in this area, at Ibbankatuwa near the Dambulla cave complexes.
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  • More steps to the caves 395 to be precise. But not too bad a climb. The 5 caves are well looked after and worth seeing, The surrounding views were beautiful.  more »
  • At the outset - understand that this is a monument on a hill. So it involves climbing around 300 steps and the climb is not easy. Another thing - there is an entry ticket which can be bought at the...  more »
  • If your traveling through Sri Lanka, visiting the cave temples should be on your list of things to see! The Golden Temple is located in the center of the country, an easy day trip from Kandy. It's the largest and best-preserved cave temple in Sri Lanka and has beautiful carvings and fresco of the Lord Buddha all around. It's an easy walk to the top and once inside you will find yourself amazed by the history and beauty.
  • Oh my goodness this is a definite must to see whilst in Sri Lanka. It was a bit of a shock once we got there that we had to climb up about 600 steps to get to the caves but it was certainly worth it as the temples had been carved out of the rock. Once at the top the views are stunning and if you like Buddha's there are plenty to entertain you inside the caves.
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