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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  • There are around 400 stairs,so carry water,dress modest. You need to take out &submit your shoes.The 1st,2nd & 4th room were built by King of Sri Lanka 2100 centuary back,the paintings&statues are old...  more »
  • The temple is situated about a 15 minute climb upwards at the top of a small mountain. So get yourselves in the mental state to tackle that. When you get to the summit, you will need to remove all hea...  more »
  • The best time to go is either very early in the morning or by evening say 5 pm. We are all required to take off our footwear, deposit it for a fee of SL Rupees 25 per pair and then walk barefoot. Sinc...  more »
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  • Take the short stairs from the other side, because the other side is quite the climb especially in the heat. You need to take of your shoes (there people to watch it for you for 25 rs ) and you need to have your knees covered , so don't forget to bring something if needed. It's not a very big site, but the caves are quite impressive with lots of statues of different sizes. The painting of the walls and ceiling are simply stunning. Although expected a real tourist place, so expect groups and lots of people waiting to take a picture of the same thing.
  • Another ancient place. Parking space is also there. You have to walk the steps to the top. There are two ways to enter. Full of monkeys and to be careful when trying to feed them. There is a beautiful view at the top of the rock.
  • Very cool, very well preserved. Currently 1500rs for foreigners to get in (mar 2018). If coming from the golden Buddha (cheaper but strenuous), left of the Buddha you’ll see a path going up. Keep going to the top and you’ll see the cave entrance (~25min). You can’t buy tickets here if you’re foreign. You must continue down the mountain in the same direction to the ticket office. Bags can be left here. After you get your ticket (no ID at all required, one person can buy them for the group waiting at the entrance), walk back up to the entrance. If starting in Dambulla, I would highly recommend you ask a rickshaw in dambulla to take you to the ticket office if it’s hot (~300rs). Buy your ticket and from there there you can just walk 10min steeply up to the entrance. Walking down via the golden Buddha is nice. Shoes must be removed (you can do it beside the entrance for no fee or pay some man 25rs to look after your shoes), shoulders and knees need to be covered. Shorts are fine as long as they’re relatively long. A few really cool caves inside. The bus stops near the golden Buddha have cheap service to Kandy.
  • Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla. This is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. Very beautiful and amazing place to visit. There is a pot that always filled with water that come through the rock. In the cave there are beautiful wall arts. Those are painted by very skilled old artists. Great place to visit
  • Must see location. First built in around 70BC. You need long pants and tops with sleeves to enter the religious grounds. The rock can be super hot during day time. Good to carry a pair of socks, since you need to take off your shoes.
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