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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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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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  • The ticket system is very bad if you come from the Golden Temple, Then you have to walk up and Then down again to buy a ticket and Then up again, but its Worth! So beautiful and the view is beautiful ...  more »
  • We stayed in dambulla (and visited sigiriya, golden temple and polonowaru from here) and visited the golden temple but were a little underwhelmed. It is worth seeing if you are in the area but we agre...  more »
  • The ticket is pricey compared to how it is maintained its better you see Tooth temple as alternate instead of spending 1500LKR ticket. You have to climb & trek a bit to reach to the caves. You will se...  more »