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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  • Huge, beautiful and unique. You must visit. Very imposing Buddha on the top this statue is really impressive and magnificent. 
    Huge, beautiful and unique. You must visit. Very imposing Buddha on the top this statue is really impressive and magnificent.  more »
  • Very imposing Buddha on top of this temple, shining bright in the sun, you can access the top floor via the steps to the right of the temple, remember to remove you shoes before walking around the... 
    Very imposing Buddha on top of this temple, shining bright in the sun, you can access the top floor via the steps to the right of the temple, remember to remove you shoes before walking around the...  more »
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  • Dambulla is a must when you are in Sri Lanka. Be prepared to climb quite a few steps and don’t forget to dress appropriately. It’s a good idea to ask for a guide who can explain all the 5 caves there. Overall it’s very worth the travel and the effort! You’d be amazing for sure!!
  • Whether you are a person of faith or no faith, this is a real must see when visiting Sri Lanka! You will need to be reasonably fit as the only way to the caves is a fairly steep climb up a long flight of stone steps. That said, the steps are wide and well maintained so take plenty of water and enjoy the ever more beautiful views on your way up. Once at the temple itself, you're in for the treat of a lifetime! They are as incredible as they are serene.

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