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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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  • While returning from Sigriya Lion Rock and Minneriya National Park, we stopped by this Golden (Buddha) Temple in Dambulla. It was around 7:30 when we reached there. Everyone was tired enough of climbi...  more »
  • The first thing you see a huge Golden Buddha statue, day what kitserig. After a decent climb to the rock cut Temple. In the rock is a temple with several caves where a large amount of Buddha statues and beautiful ceiling paintings. Well worth the climb.
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  • After steep rise in tropical heat compensates the investment for the effort! Fantastic building on the rock nestled, beautiful wall and ceiling, fascinating statues. Great views. Attention: it is advisable to have socks with the shoes in front of the temple be handed (50Rp) and the stones are very hot if you go barefoot. Knee-length shorts / covered arms think otherwise, a sarong is due (hire 200 RP),.
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