Golden Cave Temple, Dambulla

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. Put Golden Cave Temple on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dambulla trip builder site .
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  • My entire family and I enjoyed the visit to this historical place. This experience will be a memorable one.  more »
  • An astonishing place with 163 statues of Buddah...the guides are very well informed and the caves are fascinating. The temple dogs are a disgrace. Very sick and under nourished, flea riddena nd worm i...  more »
  • Dambulla is high lighted because of this temple. There are ancient paintings and Buddha Statues. It is in the heart of Dambulla town. Situated in Dambulla Kandy main road. There are enough hotels near...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice cave Temple. Do remember to cover your shoulders and knees before coming. Few steps to climb but it's worth the effort
  • 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.
  • 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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