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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  • It’s an amazing and very beautiful cave temple to be visited in Sri Lanka. Don't plan to go there in the daytime cause it is really hot and going up all the steps in a hot weather won't be nice. Early...  more »
  • From cave 1 up to 5 caves are enshrined with various statues and ceiling paintings, murals, was overwhelmed. I think because there was a huge sleeping Buddha in the Dim flashlight is sufficient. It is recommended to bring socks so take off your shoes is the Temple of Sri Lanka throwing cobblestones, for even better.
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  • A relaxing and impressive place, a staple of the sector this temple is worth seeing, however attention to the monkeys during the ascent, they tend to fly phones, cameras and other accessible objects
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Where to stay in Dambulla

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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