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All You Need To Know About The Dambulla Temple In Sri Lanka

If there is one thing better than visiting an ancient temple above ground, it’s exploring one underground! Head off on an Indian Jones like adventure as you discover the treasures of Sri Lanka’s Dambulla Temple.

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Background info


Considered the country’s best preserved and biggest cave temple, the Dambulla Temple has a rich history. Its origins go back to the 1st century BC and this sacred place which is also referred to as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well.

Getting here


The temple can be found in the city of Dambulla, part of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. Easily accessible from hotels in the region like Cinnamon Lodge Habarana, it is around a half an hour drive from Sigiriya.

Discovering the cave monastery

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The hallowed cave monastery consists of five sanctuaries featuring ancient mural paintings linked with the life of Lord Buddha as well as over 150 statues providing magnificent sights worth witnessing.

Underground highlights


Among the highlights at the Dambulla Temple is the 14-metre statue of Lord Buddha made from rock, 40 statues of Lord Buddha in seated positions and Kandyan style paintings that adorn the walls and ceilings of the cave titled the “Great New Monastery”.

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