Golden Cave Temple, Dambulla

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#2 of 21 in Historic Sites in Central Province
A major place of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus, Golden Cave Temple is also a World Heritage Site with painted decorations and over a hundred statues of the Buddha, in various sizes and poses. Explore the temple cave complex full of mosaics with vivid red, yellow, and black geometric motifs and statues of Hindu gods and goddesses. To fully experience this sacred place, find a guide to provide you with detailed insight into the temple's history, architecture, and spiritual importance. Add Golden Cave Temple to your Dambulla travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Dambulla vacation route planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    what i enjoyed most were the little monkeys playing around the area and the view. before reaching the cave u have to climp up. sometimes stairs were steep and there were no handrails. on the top u hav...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    I visited this on a relatively quiet day, which made it rather special. It felt quite impressive, with many Buddha sculptures of various sizes. Thinking about the age and it is even more impressive. I...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Its a small but interesting trek to the top. Once at the top, there are five main caves which we can visit. These cave temples are built under a huge rock. The buddha statues and the wall frescoes are...  more »
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  • July 12, 2017
    A historical marvel of the country and a World Heritage Site since 1991, it is situated about 70+ km from Kandy. The temple is composed of five caves with oldest dating back to 1st Century BC. It is a fair climb to the caves but it is a must see for both history buffs and classical eastern/asian art fans. The views from the temple are breathtaking and overlooks the central highlands of the country.
  • April 29, 2017
    First why I liked the place and given 4 stars. It's well preserved, clean, decent crowd, courteous staff. Place worth to visit. I am from origins of Budhdha, but many countries like Sri Lanka have made him immortal. Why one less star... As one gentleman mentioned about buying tickets before climbing stairs. Unfortunately I didn't read it and went through steps climbing exercises twice. There should be a board or booking office should b at the gate and not tucked away in jungle behind cave complex.
  • July 13, 2017
    Nice cave Temple. Do remember to cover your shoulders and knees before coming. Few steps to climb but it's worth the effort
  • June 25, 2017
    Great place to visit on the way. Views are lovely on the way up. Temple is very unique. We went there on the way to Trinco. Spent about half an hour looking around.
  • April 4, 2017
    Must see temples, but if you're going without a tour or guide get your tickets at the bottom beforehand as you may end up climbing the steps to have to backtrack a little to get tickets. The walk up has some lovely views and you can see Sigiriya rock in the distance from there too. The caves themselves are so impressive, one has a number of Buddha's carved from the rock and decorated. All the ceilings are painted with Buddha's too. Careful if your belongings the monkeys will jump into you and take things from you and your bags.

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Where to stay in Dambulla

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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