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. To visit The Golden Temple and other attractions in Dambulla, use our Dambulla trip builder app .
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  • Caves with amazing statues and paintings. Full of funny monkeys asking for food Price for 2 persons 14€. I think is too expensive as a lot of attractions in Sri Lanka but was nice to go there  more »
  • Really enjoyed the sites and the temple. Amazing statue and well worth seeing in person. JUST REMEMBER TO BRING SOMETHING COVER LEGS AND SHOULDERS. We didn’t so had to find alternatives otherwise you ...  more »
  • Buddhist cultural heritage with beautiful wall paintings or sculptures in the Myanmar, but to appreciate the representative of the southern Buddhist statue of the statue of Dan-La grottoes worthy of the first choice of Jade on the top of the Buddha the shape of the firelight, for the rest of the region, there are five caves in the cave city, with the second grotto being the most wonderful. Buddhism in India has already destroyed the main spirit and reality practices are kept in Seri. The Shan law shows that India cannot find the gist of Buddhism, but also the sea to Seri.
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In recent years, Dambulla tourism has boomed among globetrotters, and the area now offers a variety of lodgings. Choose from pricey boutique hotels; inexpensive cottages, guesthouses, and inns; or backpackers' lodges around the bus station. Accommodations in Dambulla tend to follow the Kandy-Jaffna highway and Kandalama Road in congested areas, and four-star establishments cluster around the reservoir. Given that the World Heritage Site cave is pretty much the only attraction around, visitors tend to stay in the more relaxing areas of Kandy and Sigiriya nearby.
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