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Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

Matale, Aluvihara, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 6 attractions in Dambulla
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Religious Sites
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Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Well worth the visit, and extremely interesting. A small complex and easy access, with religous paintings inside the caves, some of the which are vivid depictions of Hell! Have your name written on a piece of traditional fabric, in Sinhalese.

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Nairobi
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38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

its part of the Dambulla cave temples and its as good to visit as otheres... if you climbing all the way up you might as well check this ones out..

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Varna, Bulgaria
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

More cheap (only 250rs) smaller but not so touristic. Beauty of the caves like dambulla. Not so many steps to take as well

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Visited at 07.30 on way to dambulla...just asked for donation...about 10 local visitors..lovely setting and in it's own way a better alternative to the kitsch of dambulla..monks accommodation looked far better and felt donation goes direct to monastary..if cool enough can hike 1km up hill to Buddha viewpoint. Combine with the Hindu temple in Matale.

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Warrnambool, Australia
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48 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Similar in style to Dambulla, although not as spectacular, this temple was worth visiting for the experience of having very few tourists. We were certainly the only western tourists at the time we visited, and this made the experience quite different from Dambulla with its crowds. One thing I did not quite expect was the graphic images and statues, one... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

On the way to dambulla we stopped at Matale and were pleasantly surprised. A nice complex of cave temples after a small climb up some stairs. Dambulla like caves only smaller and much quieter. No hasslers trying to sell you stuff. Worth a visit while passing for interesting small hour. Only drawback is that some caves show devilish toture depictures.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

Don't get me wrong, it is interesting, but the both the frescos, whilst unusual, and the reclining Buddhas did not seem terrible ancient to me. The view from the top is nice. The museum nothing to write home about.

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Bentley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Bit of a walk up to the cave, but well worth it, very interesting and peaceful place to wander around. The cave's are cool and full of a variety of Buddha's. Very different from the normal temple

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Went here and was pleased to not get changed an extortionate price to get in (just rs200) and to be left alone to wander for a bit while there. They're was even a wedding taking place at the time too. Don't miss it.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Loved the cave temple s . Very clean and such amazing views .the climb is also not a lot .Very friendly people .

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