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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  • Bit of a walk up the hill to the temples but totally worth it (and good views as well). There are several different caves with Buddha's of various sizes and ages. The reclining Buddha's are really bea...  more »
  • We drove and walked in from the top, we climbed the stairs and we had a spectacular view. Temple and really beautiful and interesting with statues of Buddha and murals in the rock. Absolutely a wonderful visit and a must see in Sri Lanka.
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  • Visited these impressive caves yesterday. They are truly impressive and well worth a visit. Abit of a hike up the hill but the steps are well maintained. The climb is well worth it.  more »
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