The Dhowa temple is located in the beautiful Uva province and is a popular tourist attraction. The Dhova rock temple is almost 2000 years old and was used as a sanctuary for King Walagamba. The king later converted the cave into a temple.
The Dhowa rock temple is famous for its rock paintings and sculptures which are on the walls of the cave. It is said that King Walagamba himself had a great passion for art and has done most of the rock paintings himself. The Dhowa rock temple opens with a beautiful gateway which greets the devotees and the tourists. Another striking feature of the temple is the stunning 38 feet tall Buddha sculpture on the rock, which is an excellent example of the Mahayana style of Buddhist statues.