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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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Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a nice rock temple! But you have to climb almost 120 stairs before reaching the temple. But you are able to see the nice mountain views when you are up there. Beware of the monkeys as they will snatched your belongings away. No shoes are allowed inside the temple. You have to leave your shoes at the shoerack... More

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Well it's pretty amazing to have a load of paintings and Buddhas at the top of a hill. In some cave-like caves. So I did try to feel enthusiastic about it. I enjoyed the climb up since there is such a lot of good food in Sri Lanka I needed to walk. It would be shame not to see and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Go enjoy the stories and different statues. And its for everyone whi is interested about history. So why not stop over on the way to Dambulla. Historic value is there in this cave temple too. Its different and worth the visit.

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Sydney, Australia
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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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31 helpful votes 31 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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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 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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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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