Label : Must Visit
Tags : Temple
Timings : 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
The cave temples are open till 7:00 PM, but most of the time, tickets get sold out till 5:00 PM. Hence it is advisable to get there either early in the morning or by late afternoon. Remember to get your tickets at the counter at the bottom of the hill. Or else you will have to climb down to get them.
Time Required : 2-3 hours
Entry Fee : LKR 1500
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The Dambulla Cave Temple, also called the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the best-preserved and most extensive cave temple complex in the country, comprising five main caves, each possessing numerous statues of Lord Buddha and some figures of kings and statues of Lord Vishnu.
The Dambulla temples can be reached only on foot by climbing the Dambulla Rock. The climb offers a panoramic view of the flatlands below, and even if it may get tough for some, the temples and the viewpoints are worth the effort. The Dambulla Rock also offers a brilliant view of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The five rock caves of Dambulla have different names, and each of them holds a significance of its own, embodied in the paintings and sculptures inside the cave. Each of the caves was built at different periods of Sri Lanka's history and will give one an insight into the evolving culture, and that is what makes it the most beautiful heritage site to visit. The Dambulla Cave Temple is a part of the 'Cultural Triangle' in Sri Lanka comprising the town of Sigiriya, Dambulla, and the city of Kandy.
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