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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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  • My favorite Sri Lankan site, rich in antiquity and Buddhist lore. There is a manageable uphill walk to the entrance of the 5 caves. Well worth the visit - leave plenty of time to wander. 
  • A fascinating visit to the Golden Rock Temples in Dambulla, we arrived late in the day to see these fantastic rock temples which were started in the 1st century B.C. These temples laid untouched for c...  more »
  • A beautiful serene place. The caves have so much history and art to offer. Make a day of it and enjoy the sights. 
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  • The 5 caves hold some of the finest work seen in South Asia - from frescoes to statues. The fairly robust climb to the temple is best done in the morning or evening when the sun is not beating down and the stones at the temple are not too hot for the bare feet. Once in the caves, you'll be in for a special treat : each cave has its own unique feel - nothing is repeated. The cave temple is a must-do for any traveler to Sri Lanka.
  • Dont foget to see this place this is a historicaly attractive place
  • This is something not to miss if you are Dambulla. We've been travelling from Kandy to Trinco and decided to cut the journey halfway and stop at Dambulla for only one night - this is something is extremely recommend especially if you are travelling by bus in Sri Lanka. In the afternoon we've spent 1.5 hours visiting the Golden Cave Temple. You'll be amazed by the size and number of the Buddhas inside the caves. It's a bit hard to climb all the stars if you are not a by athletic but you can take your time. Extremely recommend. Worth the experience. Ah, and it's free.
  • Very nice walk with cool view to the cave temple. Beware of the monkeys, they will grab your flower and your food. The temple is nicely built.
  • Theirs two way to go up. One way is famous with every one and other way is not that common. Suggest to take the uncommon path. Have nice panoramic view of land. You get stone brick steps all the way up.