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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  • We really enjoyed our experience at the cave temples however this could have been improved if there was more information on the history of the caves. Perhaps we should have paid for a guide as we woul...  more »
  • This is an amazing Temple forged in the rock with great polichromią.na really great. I just need to climb on the many, many stairs
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  • After all the steps, you can access a superb temple which is aptly named! Well preserved! Having visited many temples, it is part of very beautiful! It would be a shame to miss it!
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  • Amazing place to visit. For devotees of Buddha, it is a bounty. For art lovers, it is a treasure trove. The tough climb of 300+ steps is worth every step. Serene dimly lit interiors of the long dark cave, many idols, gigantic, roofs adorned with colourful paintings. I climbed up from the golden temple side. I had to walk a lot to get the tickets. It is better you take the temple parking. It saves several steps.
  • Dambulla cave temple is one of the largest cave temple in Sri Lanka. There are more than 300 steps to reach on the top of the rock which is 160 m over the surrounding plains covered in forest. There are 5 main caves in this area and 5 caves combine have more 150 statues of Lord Buddha. Apart from statues there are also paintings on wall. The cave is around 2000 years old but still fully functional and well preserved.
  • A temple with historical importance. You have to climb up the rock which is somewhat challenging for elderly. Once you reach the top you will realise the worth of it. You should be in proper attire with fully covered legs and shoulders. There are four caves with beautiful paintings and Buddha statues
  • A steep climb leading up to these 2000 year old caves but the view and the art makes up for it. Tickets sold at the bottom of the mountain are 1500 rupee but we found it worth the price. Especially in the light of other tickets (sigiriya, I'm looking at you). Be sure to dress appropriately since it is a shrine and still in use today.
  • Hard to get to as so many uneven steps. Need to have good mobility and be quite fit. Nice views and loved the wild monkeys. Caves were clever but very similar in each cave.

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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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