Golden Cave Temple, Dambulla
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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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Surprisingly this attractions wasn't included in our organised tour of Sri Lanka, so we got a taxi and visited it ourselves. Amazing, stunning, huge Buddha statue sits above the Golden Temple, with a ... read more »
The walk uphill is reasonably strenuous especially in the banking sun, but it is really worth it. The artwork and statues are around 1000 years old and are very well preserved. The Buddha statues are ... read more »
The golden Buddha in front of the entrance is impressive and then there is a steady climb up to the caves.Each one is full of statues and paintings asking to be photographed. Don't forget knee and sho... read more »
It's such an amazing site to see. The work the temple right into caves. Whilst there's not much to see, it's just awesome to see first hand. Head on a Sunday, as there's no entrance fee. Make sure you wear appropriate clothing, otherwise you won't be let in.
This temple is probably the first archeological site of the cultural triangle. It is a world heritage site. I highly recommend reading Sri Lankan history to really understand the essence of such artefacts in the cave temple.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE! Entrance fee: LKR 1500 It's beautiful early in the morning. Highly recommended. We had the place to our-self. There was only a few local around. We sit at the outside the temple for a bit. Nice view, felt at peace and the best part, we were blessed with rainbow. Tips: Get your driver to drive up to another gate at the side. The local driver knows all about the short cut. So you can skip the stairs infront if you are short in time.
A world heritage site in Sri Lanka. Major attraction is the historical paintings and statues of Lord Buddha in the rock caves found in the temple. Really a worthy place to visit.
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.
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