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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Sri Lankan friends of mine recommended a visit to Dambulla since they think it is a gorgeous temple. People we met in Sri Lanka said the same thing. However, we did not see its entirely. What we saw, ... more »
La subida es para tomársela con calma por los muchos escalones que hay pero vale la pena la visita. Hay que pagar entrada y se compra abajo, antes de subir. Está plagado de monos por todos lados, con ... more »The rise is to take it easy by the many steps there but worth the visit. I have to pay entrance and down, purchased before boarding. It is plagued by monkeys everywhere, with pretty nasty if you get some food. The caves are fairly well, although they are tiny, are filled with statues of Buddha. There are shoes and best if you wear socks because with the Sun dropping the floor burns.
If you visit Dambulla then this is a "must see". Really interesting. We went with a guide who provided us with lots of information - the changes in styles through the centuries was fascinating. more »
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
Dambulla cave temple Page issues Dambulla cave temple (Sinhalese: Dam̆būlū Len Vihāraya, Tamil Tampuḷḷai Poṟkōvil) also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country.This site is situated 148 kilometres (92 mi) east of Colombo and 72 kilometres (45 mi) north of Kandy. Dambulla Cave Temple දඹුලු ලෙන් විහාරය தம்புள்ளை பொற்கோவில்￼UNESCO World Heritage SiteLocationMatale District, Sri Lanka ￼Coordinates7°51′N 80°39′ECriteriaCultural and religious: i, viReference561Inscription1991 (15th Session) ￼ ￼ Location of Dambulla cave temple [edit on Wikidata] Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include Vishnu and the Ganesha. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres (23,000 sq ft). Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha's first sermon. Prehistoric Sri Lankans would have lived in these cave complexes before the arrival of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as there are burial sites with human skeletons about 2700 years old in this area, at Ibbankatuwa near the Dambulla cave complexes.
You must visit sight when touring the Cultural Triangle. The caves are situated nearly 200 metres above the surrounding countryside and give some amazing views. This complex has 5 main caves, which date back 2000 years plus, though the frontage was built much later. They contain over 150 Buddhas and figures of various other gods, and the ceilings of the caves are covered in countless murals. To reach the complex, you either climb some 500 steps or take a much easier route which has fewer steps and a lot of short inclines. At the top there is a stall where you leave your shoes,few rupees needed and I would recommend taking a pair of old socks as the rock floor can get very warm and uncomfortable to walk on.Lots of monkeys about, so keep a close eye on your belongings and don't take food with you. Place is quite touristy, so lots of Hawkers about also. World Heritage Site and should not be missed.
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