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Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

Matale, Aluvihara, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 6 attractions in Dambulla
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Religious Sites
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Varna, Bulgaria
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

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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78 reviews 78 reviews
47 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Ogmore By Sea
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Great views, interesting caves, although not as good as Dambulla, didn't like being spivved for extra cash for a gimmicky side show of torture models or a "papyrus" book mark in the museum - steer clear of these unwanted additions to your visit.

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Portsmouth
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Walk up the steps take your time and soak in the atmosphere, because you'll be glad you did just to see and hear the amazing sights and sounds - Well worth a visit

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