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The Golden Temple, Dambulla

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Visit the ancient complex of The Golden Temple, a series of cave temples and a World Heritage Site. Step 22 centuries back in time as you explore the caves, carved in the side of the 150 m (492 ft) tall Dambulla Rock, overlooking the surrounding flatlands. Roaming the historic place of worship, you’ll encounter 157 statues, most of which are of Buddha, as well as countless vibrant murals depicting scenes from the life of the founder of Buddhism. Plan your The Golden Temple visit and explore what else you can see and do in Dambulla using our Dambulla trip itinerary maker.
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  • I am sick of seeing temples but I really wanted to see this one. From the front it looks like a gimmick (Chinese style) but inside it is supposed to be very nice. It was very hot but had to quickly ch...  more »
  • It was fantastic to see the progression of cave temples that had been built hundreds of years ago. Well worth a visit, but make sure you understand the ticketing system we saw quite a few people who g...  more »
  • The façade is frankly bling bling and looks cheap. Not worth wasting your time. However you must climb to the Troglodyte caves, paintings and statues are really worth a visit! It is the only thing to see in Dambula...!
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